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Theodore Hughes
Theodore Hughes
Associate Professor of Modern Korean Literature, Columbia University
Understanding How North Koreans Think: The "War to Liberate the Fatherland"
Understanding How North Koreans Think: The "War to Liberate the Fatherland"
How do North Korean writers view their own culture and history? Contemporary North Korean culture and the North Korean state cannot be understood without taking into account the history of Japanese colonial rule in Korea, U.S. and Soviet military occupation, and the Korean War. In this talk Hughes will discuss the ambivalent relation between North Korean literary texts and their colonial proletarian antecedents, the centrality of women in early North Korean portrayals of national division and the Korean War, and the emergence in North Korea of a powerful and lasting familial bond between the people and the state.
Flute Gramercy
40 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003, USA
Bio
Theodore Hughes is an expert on Korean culture, particularly in the realms of Film and Literature. He is the author of several books and has published widely on Korean literature, film, culture, and history. Hughes is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University. His most recent book is titled “Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier.”