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Literature and Film in Cold War South KoreaFreedom's Frontier$
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Theodore Hughes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157490

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157490.001.0001

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Visuality and the Colonial Modern

Visuality and the Colonial Modern

The Technics of Proletarian Culture, Nativism, Modernism, and Mobilization

(p.19) 1 Visuality and the Colonial Modern
Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea

Theodore Hughes

Columbia University Press

This chapter details the ways in which the articulations of the verbal/visual relation in the colonial period allowed for new identifications; new ways of thinking about writing, painting, representation, space, time, and the body; and new contestations among class, ethnonational, and imperial belonging—all of which are central to post-1945 South Korea. More importantly, the advent of modern forms of subjectivity is marked by the invocation of an accompanying technological progress associated with Western material culture. This chapter further highlights how the proletarian culture movement, nativism, modernism, and mass mobilization set in motion ways of seeing and writing that would inform the later distribution of the visible and invisible that make up the Cold War politics of division on the Korean peninsula.

Keywords:   post-1945 South Korea, verbal/visual relation, colonial period, Western material culture, modernism, Cold War politics

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