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Dissident Dreams: Science Fictional Imaginations In 1970s South Korean Literature And Film

Sunyoung Park , Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Gender Studies, University of Southern California
In spite of the country’s achievements and rapid industrialization, science and technology were often represented dystopically in the literature and film of South Korea during the 1970s. This talk inquires why by examining three texts—Ch’oe Inhun’s Typhoon, Cho Sehŭi’s The Dwarf, and Kim Kiyŏng’sKiller Butterfly—all of which drew in different ways a link between the ideal of scientific progress and the dehumanizing constraints of modernization under the time’s developmental dictatorship. Heralding a “science fiction of protest,” the talk shows, these texts were important predecessors of the wave of socially conscious fantasy that arose in post-democratization Korea in the late 1980s. 



Wednesday, April 15, 2015. 04:15 PM


Lathrop East Asia Library, Room 338, 518 Memorial Way


Center for East Asian Studies




Free and open to the public. 
RSVP requested