New Korean Cinema and Critical Theory

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

New Korean Cinema & CritTheory

Spring 2020

Taught By: Peter Kim

Section: AX

CRN: 7483

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 and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five 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: 2:46am 3/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1106

Date Range: 1/24/2020 - 5/8/2020