From Colonial Subject to National Citizen, the Child in Korean Children's Magazines, 1937-1950

Dafna Zur, University of British Columbia

The turn of the twentieth century brought with it an intense intellectual drive towards enlightenment in Korea, and one of the most significant targets of enlightenment was the child. It was the momentum toward reform and the gaze toward the future that brought the child to the forefront of social discourse and made the child into a pliable image both textually and visually. Dr. Zur’s research examines a representative range of children’s magazines along the political spectrum in order to demonstrate the ways in which the image of the child became a contested as a site of ideological inscription. Her presentation illuminates points of continuity and rupture in the texts and illustration of children’s magazines written during one of the most fascinating moments in Korea’s modern history—the transition from late colonial to postliberation Korea.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | 4:20 pm — 6:00 pm
Building 250 - Room 111 EALC Library

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures