This paper explores the representation of Korean women in the images that appear in Morisaki Kazue’s travelogues. Morisaki, a second-generation Japanese settler in colonial Korea, had visited Korea after the war.
The features of her travel essays are as follows: first, the narratives have a non-linear structure that “loosely” intertwines recollections, impressions, and contemplations. Second, while the images of Korean women were interpreted as the scars of war, the potential of labor, and the tradition of local communication; such provisional interpretations were varied by connecting different images. Third, when repetitions with differences create hypertextuality between works, the “constellation” of images that is presented on the travelogues does not converge to a definite meaning. Fourth, as allegory promotes active readings against any teleology or symbols, Morisaki’s initial dialectical project (which is aimed to sublate the “original sin” as a colonizer) makes an endless journey with readers.