Struggling Every Day: The Domestication of Emancipatory Narratives in Early South Korean History

Charles Kim , Assistant Professor, Modern Korean History,University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Narratives of emancipatory struggle have occupied a privileged position in modern Korean nationalist discourse since the start of the twentieth century.  Historians have not yet delved fully into the production and impact of emancipation narratives in modern Korea.  This talk examines the transposition of this venerable anti-colonial narrative frame to South Korean political and public discourse during and after the student protests of April 19th.  The postcolonializing of emancipatory stories at this critical juncture has profoundly shaped the nation’s politics and culture in subsequent decades.

Charles Kim is Assistant Professor of modern Korean history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research interests include nationalism, narrative, popular culture, and historical memory.  At present, he is at work on a project that explores the post-colonial reconfiguration of Korean nationalist discourse in and through the seminal event of April 19th (1960).

Friday, April 22, 2011 | 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor