The Korean War and Postmemory Generation : Contemporary Korean Arts and Films

Category Book
Editor/s Dong-Yeon Koh
Writer/s Dong-Yeon Koh
Publisher Routledge
Description This pioneering book in English provides an in-depth analysis of the cultural memory of the Korean and Cold War through the lens of contemporary arts and film in South Korea over the last two decades. Applying the theoretical notion of “postmemory,” this book considers efforts of younger generation artists and filmmakers to explore the remnants and traces of historical tragedies and shed light on the changing attitudes toward issues of unification, collective memory, and the relationship between historical remembering and forgetting.

"It is essential reading for understanding post-war Korean history, visual art and culture.”
- Yeon Shim Chung (Professor of Art History and Theory, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea)
“This richly documented volume... convincingly puts key questions concerning trauma, ideology and the damaging effects of military dictatorship into a broad international frame of studies on postmemory. It is an excellent and groundbreaking contribution to the study of contemporary arts in East Asia.”
- Adrian Favell (Chair in Sociology and Social Theory and Director of the Bauman Institute, University of Leeds)
Language English
No. of Pages 272 pages
ISBN / ISSN ISBN-13: 978-0367439743
ISBN-10: 0367439743
Year of Publication 2021
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