[KS] Forthcoming Korean Studies Seminar at Monash University

Andy Jackson gp200 at yahoo.com
Tue May 14 19:03:07 EDT 2019

Dear Korean Studies List members, please note the forthcoming Korean Studies seminar at Monash. Everyone welcome. Best Andy

The Melbourne Metropolitan KoreanStudies Seminar Series 2019



Assoc.Prof. Ruth Barraclough (ANU)

Date:Friday, 17 May 2019,  4.00- 6.00 pm

4 -5.00 pmpresentation, followed by Q&A

Venue:40 ExhibitionWlk,  Matheson Library T1 Monash University Clayton Campus Title: Red Glamour: Korea’s Early Communist Women. 


In the 1920s some of Korea’s most famouscommunists were young women. Suppression and exile obliged them to betransnational and multi-lingual as they moved between colonial Korea,Manchuria, Japan, the United States and the Soviet Union. Products of both thesex-positive socialism of the early 1920s and a relatively self-governingleftist movement scattered throughout North East Asia, they became celebritieswho turned exile into cruise travel and prison experience into sensationalnovels. With the founding of North Korea in 1948 many of them returned ascabinet ministers, political officers and leaders of state organisations. Thistalk traces the rise and fall of North Korea’s early communist women.


 Bio:Associate Professor Ruth Barraclough teaches at the College of Asia and thePacific at the Australian National University. She researches contemporaryKorean history, gender studies and literature, and is a translator of Koreanliterary fiction. Ruth’s second book Factory Girl Literature was translatedinto Korean in 2017 and spent 20 weeks on the history bestseller list, receivingnumerous recommendations: nominated for the President's summer reading list bySouth Korea's leading book and newspaper editors and named one of the top tenbooks of 2017 by Kyunghyang Shinmun. Ruth has studied and worked in SouthKorea, Australia and the United States. Her new project is a book, co-authoredwith Professor Jiseung Roh, on North Korea’s glamorous early communist women.Ruth grew up in Queensland and first visited South Korea in the 1980s on astudent exchange program.

Free event. All welcome! No registrationnecessary. Organized by Monash University Korean Studies

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