[KS] Query: soft-masculinity and cross-dressing in Korean context

YM Clara Hwang sumovmi at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 29 09:36:11 EDT 2009

Dear members,

My questions are two-fold. First, I'm interested in reading more the rise of feminine or soft mascuilnity in Korean context, portrayed in the popular media. It seems to me the neither post-femininst mascuilinity or rise of new men seen in the Western discourse nor the spread of Japanese manga (yaoi and BL in particular) influencing the construction of new type of masculinity in SK do not sufficiently explain this phenonenon. Have you come across any scholarship that provides sound Korean socio-political context supported by theoretical framework? 

Second question, I was greatly intrigued by the representation of cross-dressing in TV and films (King and the Clown, The Painter of the Wind, Coffee Prince, etc), which of course intersects with the my first question (and gender and queer theory). As far as I'm aware of Korea does not have defining cultural tradition of transvestite theatres like Beijing opera or Japanese Noh theatre. Or am I mis-informed? Is there any scholarship on the tradition of cross-dressing in Korea? 

Thank you.

Yun Mi Hwang
PhD Candidate
University of St Andrews
ymh at st-andrews.ac.uk

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