תאריך: יום שישי, 04/12/2020 שעה 11:00
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“Aliens, Mermaids and Cartoons: Neoliberal Gender Politics in South Korean Dramas of the 2010s”
In recent rom-com K-dramas, it has been possible to detect a trend of fantasy love stories, with other worldly beings forming heterosexual relationships with human characters: from an alien in My Love from the Star (2013-2014), a “webtoon” character in W (MBC, 2016), a mermaid in The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS, 2016), a “goblin” in Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (tvN, 2016), and even a monkey king in A Korean Odyssey (tvN 2017-8). Further noteworthy in this same body of works has been the tendency to simultaneously reinvent and integrate Korean folktales into their narratives. This talk discusses the gender politics of these dramas, to explore how the patterns detected in this body of television culture relate to the neoliberal changes in today’s Korea. *Lecturer: Ji-yoon An is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Korean Studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany. An received her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. Coming from a background in Music and Film Studies, An is a scholar of Korean Studies with interests in cultural trends and flows.