Dangerous Women: Gender and Korean Nationalism / Edition 1

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Overview

Dangerous Women addresses the themes of Korean nationalism and gender construction, as well as various issues related to the colonialization and decolonialization of the Korean nation. The contributors explore the troubled category of "woman," placing it in the specific context of a marginalized and colonized nation. But Korean women are not merely configured here as metaphors for an emasculated and infantilized "homeland;" they are also shown to be products of a problematic gender construction that originates in Korea, and extends even today to Korean communities beyond Asia. Representations of Korean women still attempt to confine them to the status of either mother or prostitute: Dangerous Women rectifies that construction, offering a feminist intervention that might recuperate womanhood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415915069
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/5/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Kim is Professor of Asian American Studies and Chair of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Chungmoo Choi is Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Nationalism and Construction of Gender in Korea 9
3 Begetting the Nation: The Androcentric Discourse of National History and Tradition in South Korea 33
4 Men's Talk: A Korean American View of South Korean Constructions of Women, Gender, and Masculinity 67
5 Kindred Distance 119
6 Re-membering the Korean Military Comfort Women: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Silencing 123
7 Prostitute Bodies and Gendered States in U.S.-Korea Relations 141
8 Yanggongju as an Allegory of the Nation: Images of Working-Class Women in Popular and Radical Texts 175
9 Working Women and the Ontology of the Collective Subject: (Post)Coloniality and the Representation of Female Subjectivities in Hyon Ki-yong's Paramt'anun som (Island in the Wind) 203
10 Mother Load 223
11 Ideals of Liberation: Korean Women in Manchuria 229
12 Re-membering Home 249
13 A Peculiar Sensation: A Personal Genealogy of Korean American Women's Cinema 291
14 Contributors' Notes 323
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