Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

110 - Gender and Tradition in South Korean Popular Culture

7/7/2018
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Gulmohar, First Floor

Gender and tradition are prevalent themes in popular culture. As a representative symbol of normative understandings, tradition and traditional gender portrayals are often made conspicuous through their reiteration of conventional concepts. What happens when traditional (con)texts and gender relations appear in unexpected in genres and mediums? What are the roles played by tradition and what can be understood by such representations?


The panel will begin with discussions of gender and tradition in several contemporary visual mediums, and then zoom out to the realm of literature at the end of the 19th century. The first two panelists will explore the role of tradition in a strand of Korean television series. Barbara Wall will discuss the multi-layered functions of traditional literary narratives, while Ji-Yoon An will examine the subtle reappearance of traditional gender roles amidst generic hybridity in the same texts. Will Dunkel and Uliana Kobykova will then carry us over to the mediums of online games and literature. Will Dunkel will investigate the roles played by gender and tradition in both reifying and overturning normative understandings in online games, while Uliana Kobykova ventures a leap in time back to the end of the 19th century to demonstrate the role of tradition in popular literature more than hundred years ago.


Having invited as discussant Noh Kwang Woo, a Media Studies scholar with specialist knowledge in Korean popular culture, we aim to spark discussions about the broader implications of the roles and effects of gender and tradition in popular culture. 

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William Dunkel

University of California; Irvine, United States

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Uliana Kobyakova

Keimyung University, Republic of Korea

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Kwang Woo Noh

Korea University, Republic of Korea

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