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Representations of Femininity in Contemporary South Korean by University of Sheffield Joanna Elfving-Hwang

By University of Sheffield Joanna Elfving-Hwang

This book analyses the cultural values that outline femininity within the context of the Korean cultural imaginary.The Nineties witnessed the emergence of a amazing new crew of South Korean girls writers, together with ?n H?igy?ng, Ch?n Ky?ngnin and Ha S?ngnan, whose chosen works are mentioned during this examine. those authors completed huge acceptance arguably due to their precise concentrate on matters that resonated with the standard matters in their readership: family discontent, maternal dissatisfaction and women's sexual subjectivities.This e-book discusses those modern representations of femininity and the level to which they succeeded in hard the normal organization of the female with domesticity, passivity and the maternal.

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Paradoxically then, while many male authors highlighted 40 Representations of Femininity women's sufferings (and occasionally women's perceived ignorance of the world outside their familial setting) in their works, they also often dismissed women's own voices by criticizing their literary production. The reactionary discourse that formed in the 1920s thus discredited women writers' counter-discourse to traditional ideas about femininity through the cultural establishment's assertion that women could not be called professional writers because of their 'lack of effort' since they had not supposedly published a large enough quantity of fiction to merit such a title.

Take the Korean literary establishment for example. Since Korean male writers and literary critics have typically been, until very recently, at the forefront of defining the parameters of what constitutes 'good' literature in terms of literary expression and subject topic, women writers have been disadvantaged on two fronts. Firstly, they have had to write in the language of patriarchy, and one that inherently might even be considered as a tool of their very oppression. Lastly, because of the embedded phallocentricism in culture that presents gender relations as a fixed structure, women's own texts about women and femininity have also been evaluated within a discourse that assumes that humanity is conceptualized as male.

NOTES 1 Theresa Hyun, Writing Women in Korea: Translation and Feminism in the Colonial Period (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2004), p. 32. , Han'guk munhag e nat'anan chOnt'ongjok yosongsang (~~ ~~oJI 4-El-\! ~~~~ opJ"J) [Traditional Images of Women in Korean Literature] (Seoul: Sookmyung Women's University, 1985); Yi Namd~k, 'Han'guk munhag e nat'anan chont'ongjog'in yosong sang' [The Traditional Images of Women in Korean Literature], in Yiisonghak [Women's Studies], ed. Chong Se-hwa (Seoul: Ewha Woman's University, 1987), pp.

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