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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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Visible and Invisible States

Visible and Invisible States

Liberation, Occupation, Division

(p.61) 2 Visible and Invisible States
Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea

Theodore Hughes

Columbia University Press

This chapter considers the 1945 “liberation” (haebang) of Korea, the ensuing U.S. and Soviet military occupations, and the formation of separate sovereign states in the North and South in 1948 in terms of the distribution of the sensible that informs the emerging North/South aesthetic-political relation. Additionally, this chapter maps out the trajectories that emerged on the immediate post-1945 cultural scene. These trajectories rearticulate the earlier colonial debates traced in Chapter 1, even as they now graft themselves onto notions of sovereign space and historical rupture (or lack of it) in outlining the frame of cultural fields associated with North and South Korea.

Keywords:   military occupations, sovereign space, historical rupture, North Korea, South Korea, haebang, post-1945 cultural scene

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