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Agent “M”—The Apparatus of “Hate” and Human or Non-Human Beings as Living Dead

  • Journal of Popular Narrative
  • 2021, 27(1), pp.133-185
  • DOI : 10.18856/jpn.2021.27.1.004
  • Publisher : The Association of Popular Narrative
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : December 29, 2020
  • Accepted : February 15, 2021
  • Published : February 28, 2021

Doohyun Kwon 1

1동아대학교 젠더어펙트연구소

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ABSTRACT

This study is an attempt to connect television drama M, which deals with abortion issues, with theoretical focus such as materiality, relativity, and agency, to understand diffractively as an cartography of agential reality. According to Karen Barard’s Agential Realism, Television drama M is a sociocultural phenomenon produced by the agential intra-actions of material-discursive apparatuses such as medical technology, ghost stories and legends, and male-affect. The 1990s repeatedly revealed “hate” through apparatuses such as technology, discourse, and affect, which are directed at women’s gendered bodies. The material -discursive practice of plastic surgery and abortion proves that the agential reality surrounding the body is closely intertwined with medical technology, as well as with the genderized hate. Another related material-discursive phenomenon is rediscovery of the legend and fad of the ghost story, which is also produced from the hate of the denaturalized body, which is once again expanded and reproduced. Appearing in this environment of affect, M enacts diffraction, which is based on backlash, lacking posthuman implications for the materialization of the techno-body. M puts humanistic assumptions about “Man” as a universal definition, historically framed and defined in context. But it is not universal and it is gendered. The current time when the political turmoil surrounding medical technology, discourse, and bodily matters is violently intra-acted is the time to carefully account and respond to the alternative definitions of human beings that M has rejected.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.