Two Lenses on the Korean Ethos: Key Cultural Concepts and Their Appearance in Cinema

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McFarland, Jan 13, 2015 - Performing Arts - 288 pages
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áá áA war-torn country only 60 years ago, South Korea has since achieved prodigious growth and global integration, experiencing rapid industrialization and seeing its cultural exports gain international popularity. Because of this rapid transformation, an investigation of the Korean ethos--the shared self-concept woven through the divergent social contexts of both South and North Korea--is challenging. This book provides an introduction to the Korean ethos, detailing its representation in key cultural words and in film. Part I explores definitive concepts (terms) generally regarded as difficult to translate, such as han (regret), jeong (feeling) and deok (virtue), and how they are expressed in Korean cinema. Part II analyzes film narratives based on these concepts via close readings of 13 films, including three from North Korea.

 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
Conceptual Framework
17
Key Cultural Words Through Film Narratives
107
Conclusion
243
Romanization of Korean Words and Names
253
Chapter Notes
256
References
262
Index
273
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áKeumsil Kim Yoon is a professor of linguistics in the Department of Languages and Cultures at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey. She has published widely in the areas of bilingualism, sociolinguistics and pragmatics. Bruce Williams is a professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures at William Paterson University. He has published extensively in the areas of cinema history, film theory, and language and cinema.

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