[KS] film/drama class suggestions

Hyung Pai hyungpai at eastasian.ucsb.edu
Fri Oct 28 14:29:26 EDT 2005

Dear members,
I thank everyone for the overwhelming response. As a student in High  
School and college in Korea, I did see those great 70s movies when  
they were first screened at Tansongsa and loved them all (campy or  
not). I am happy to see that there is finally a market and an  
audience for these films. What I am concerned as Mike has pointed out  
whether there are indeed enough quality books and articles we could  
assign for these various genres of films that could cover a whole  
Once I get a chance to web to the film sites, I will have more  
questions on the recommendations.
On Oct 27, 2005, at 2:21 PM, jinakim at u.washington.edu wrote:

> Hi,
> Keehyeung Lee's "Morae sigye:  "social melodrama" and the politics  
> of memory in contemporary south Korea," in Kathleen McHugh and  
> Nancy Abelmann, eds., South Korean Golden Age Melodrama (Wayne  
> State UP, 2005)
> So Hee Lee, "The Concept of Female Sexuality in Korean Popular  
> Culture," in Laurel Kendall, ed., Under construction: The gendering  
> of modernity, class, and consumption in the republic Korea (U of  
> Hawaii, 2002)
> are two essays on Korean soap operas.  There have also been some  
> secondary research on the Latin American "tele-novellas" which  
> might be used for comparative purposes.
> I would recommend Morae sigye (Hourglass, 1995), a twenty some part  
> "mini-series" that looks at the decade of the 1970s and 1980s.   
> Although I haven't seen many Korean soap operas, compared to say  
> the very popular Winter Sonata, I think Morae sigye is much better  
> structured narratively.  It deals with historical events such as  
> Kwangju, the forced labor camps, and issues such as business- 
> government collusion, student demonstrations, mafia network, etc.  
> I'm not sure, however, if there is an English subtitled version  
> available.
> Jina Kim

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