Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

(15) Law, Emotion, and Gendered Violence in Imperial China and Chosŏn Korea

3/22/2018
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Marriott Balcony A, Mezzanine Level

This trans-border panel explores the complex ways in which legal and socio-cultural discourses on the role of the family in imperial China and Chosŏn Korea framed and articulated gender, class, violence, and emotion. The panel seeks to show how gendered violence in Confucian patriarchal societies shaped family, sexual, and class/status relations and concomitant emotional and legal responses, as inflected across time and space. Focusing on Song common soldiers’ families, Alyagon highlights the difficulties (poverty, abuse, and war) these families faced and how women in soldier’s families were vulnerable to sex trade. Chen studies intersections between social inequality and Confucian rhetoric in Ming period elite households, where the practice of treating master-servant relationships as a parent-child relationship contradicted with the physical and sexual violence typical of master-servant power dynamics. By examining an eighteenth-century crime of vengeance committed by a married daughter on behalf of her father, Kim’s paper reconsiders the complex nature of women’s filial emotion toward their parents, married women’s close ties with their natal families, and the contested nature of revenge in late eighteenth century Chosŏn society. Through a close reading of legal testimonies on women’s fights triggered by gossip and their subsequent deaths, Park’s paper sheds light on how late-nineteenth-century Korean commoner families and villagers understood Confucian notions and how they reacted to sexual defamation and dishonor. The four papers offer new insights into the lives of the non-elite and their negotiations with established systems of hierarchies, power, and social structures.

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Shiau-Yun Chen

Cornell University, New York

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C. D. Alison Bailey

University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

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    Elad Alyagon

    University of California, Davis, California

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    Shiau-Yun Chen

    Cornell University, New York

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    Jungwon Kim

    Columbia University, New York

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    Sohyeon Park

    Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea

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    C. D. Alison Bailey

    University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

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