[KS] Monday, Sept 29 at UC Berkeley (Yoon Sun Yang): "The Birth of Sentimental Youths: The Affective Turn in 1910s Korea"

Center for Korean Studies cks at berkeley.edu
Tue Sep 23 13:03:07 EDT 2014

*The Center for Korean Studies*

*University of California, Berkeley*

*Cordially invites you to the following symposium*

*Note: The Center for Korean Studies has moved to a new location (1995
University Avenue, Suite 510R).  Unless otherwise noted, all events will be
held at Doe Library, Room 180.  *

The Birth of Sentimental Youths: The Affective Turn in 1910s Korea

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies
| *September 29
| 4 p.m. *| 180 Doe Library <http://www.berkeley.edu/map/googlemap/?doe>

*Speaker*: *Yoon Sun Yang*
<http://www.bu.edu/mlcl/profile/yoon-sun-yang/>, Assistant
Professor of Korean Literature, Boston University <http://www.bu.edu/>

*Sponsor*: Center for Korean Studies (CKS) <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cks/>

During the first decade after Japan’s annexation of Korea (1910), short
stories portraying sentimental men emerged in the Korean literary
landscape. These stories often revolved around the emotional agonies of men
who suffered from physical or psychological illness, a lover’s death or
betrayal, the loss of a job, or perennial poverty. Written by fledgling
male writers who were coming of age in the late 1800s when traditional
institutions, values, and relations were extensively questioned by
reformists, these stories are known as the first literary works that
introduced to Korean literature the quintessential modern character in
world literature, the “individual” who disengages from social and familial
obligations in the quest for his interiority. How did this supposedly
universal figure come into being in the colonized literary field of Korea?
Focusing on three short stories, Hyŏn Sangyun’s “Persecution” (1917), Yang
Kŏnsik’s “Sad Contradictions” (1918), and Chin Hangmun’s “Cry” (1917), this
talk will explore the various textual, cultural, and political components
that overdetermined the figures of sentimental Korean men.

Event Contact: cks at berkeley.edu, 510-642-5674


Art of the Korean Division: Imagined Unification, Ethical Subjectivity, and
Crow’s Eye View

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies |*
October 3 | 4 p.m.* | 180 Doe Library

Speaker: *Sohl Lee* <http://art.stonybrook.edu/faculty/sohl-lee/>, Assistant
Professor of Contemporary East Asian Art, Stony Brook University

Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies (CKS) <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cks/>

This talk is inspired by one of the foremost South Korean literary critics,
Paik Nak-chung, who theorized “division system (pundan ch’aeje)” and
“division reality (pundan hyŏnsil)” as the ultimate logics organizing
social formation and reality in Korea. Following the epistemological shift
in South Korean artists’ North Korea-related endeavors—from the pictorial
representation of “the Korean nation as one” (by 1980s dissident artists)
to the introduction of double or multiple-frame and ethical
dis-identification between the South and the North (starting from the
1990s, especially during the Sunshine Policy era of 1998-2007) and a
provocative exhibition of the 20th-century inter-Korean architecture
history (2014)—this talk will posit the “reality of division” not as a
historical reality to overcome but as an effective model of democracy, a
pure manifestation of democratic antagonism that has productively
influenced the history of contemporary Korean art.

Photo caption: Installation view, Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula,
Korea Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la
Biennale di Venezia. Courtesy of the 2014 Korean Pavilion.

Event Contact: cks at berkeley.edu, 510-642-5974
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