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Leaving Home: Women, Writing, And Travel In Colonial Korea

April 28, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Lathrop Library, Room 224, 518 Memorial Way
Ji-Eun Lee
Associate Professor
East Asian Languages & Cultures
Washington University in St. Louis

This presentation will examine writings on travels, broadly defined, by woman writers from Colonial Korea. Colonial occupation enabled glamorous world tours for some women, while others experienced forced relocations to China, Japan, and beyond. Each of these possibilities helped constitute and played off senses of the domestic, both as family home and as nation or homeland. Domesticity thus had physical and geographical components, but was more radically about locating identities amidst shifting circumstances. Using these senses of domesticity as a lens, this talk explores a juncture between travelogue, conditions surrounding publication and readership, and use of periodicals as a medium, in order to shed light on intricacies of capitalism and social change in the Colonial era.

Free and open to the public.

Event Sponsor: 
Center for East Asian Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
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