New Korean Cinema and Critical Theory

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture & Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
New Korean Cinema & CritTheory
Fall 2024
Taught By: Peter Kim
Section: AX

CRN: 14389

Credits: 4

[Tracks C & S] This course will examine the shifting Korean-icity of contemporary Korean Cinema according to several key historical, ideological, and aesthetic frameworks by which ‘New Korean Cinema’ has been understood – as a response to the social and political turmoil of the 70s and 80s, its emerging status festival and commercial status as ‘World Cinema,’ the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, the emergence of a corporatized ‘Hollywood’ style studio system, and the politics of transgender and queer representation in South Korea. This course will consider the history of production and reception for a range of Korean films from the 90s to present under the theoretical lens of psychoanalytic, queer, feminist, Marxist, and post-colonial theory. The course seeks to answer the following questions: what makes a Korean film Korean? How has Korean Cinema of the 90s to present day informed and been informed by shifting attitudes toward genre, style, and South Korea’s socio-political history? And how has Korean film today been made to become, like K-pop or Kimchi, a global export? Most importantly, we will interrogate our relation to these films as Western viewers – the way in which non-Korean viewers of Korean Cinema are “hailed” to see Korean Cinema – and think critically about what sort of domestic and international audience these films imagine for themselves. [Tracks C & S]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture & Media (CAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:12am EDT 6/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/30/2024 - 12/13/2024