Worm-Time: Memories of Division in South Korean Aesthetics (Hardcover)

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Worm-Time: Memories of Division in South Korean Aesthetics (Hardcover)


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Worm-Time challenges conventional narratives of the Cold War and its end, presenting an alternative cultural history based on evolving South Korean aesthetics about enduring national division. From novels of dissent during the authoritarian era to films and webtoons in the new millennium, We Jung Yi's transmedia analyses unearth people's experiences of "wormification"--traumatic survival, deferred justice, and warped capitalist growth in the wake of the Korean War.

Whether embodied as refugees, leftists, or broken families, Yi's wormified protagonists transcend their positions as displaced victims of polarized politics and unequal development. Through metamorphoses into border riders who fly over or crawl through the world's dividing lines, they reclaim postcolonial memories buried in the pursuit of modernization under US hegemony and cultivate a desire for social transformation. Connecting colonial legacies, Cold War ideologies, and neoliberal economics, Worm-Time dares us to rethink the post-WWII consensus on freedom, peace, and prosperity.

We Jung Yi is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Korean Studies, the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, and positions.
Product Details ISBN: 9781501778575
ISBN-10: 1501778579
Publisher: Cornell East Asia Series
Publication Date: December 15th, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English