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

Lauren Deutsch lwdeutsch at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 30 04:20:41 EDT 2009

Dear Ms. Hwang:

I have observed cross-dressing in Korean shamanism, particularly among those
of the northern, charismatic style mudang. I wrote a brief essay on it in
Kyoto Journal¹s special issue ³Unbound: Gender in Asia² (#64).
http://www.kyotojournal.org/kjback/kjback64.html. There may be other items
of interest there (print as well as special content online).
Lauren W. Deutsch
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From: YM Clara Hwang <sumovmi at hotmail.com>
Reply-To: Korean Studies Discussion List <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:36:11 +0000
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Subject: [KS] Query: soft-masculinity and cross-dressing in Korean context

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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