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The Girls in Wonderland:Study on Female Adolescence in Films <Maneyo> and <Hanna>

  • The Journal of Korean drama and theatre
  • 2020, (70), pp.77-99
  • DOI : 10.17938/tjkdat.2020..70.77
  • Publisher : The Learned Society Of Korean Drama And Theatre
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : November 10, 2020
  • Accepted : December 15, 2020
  • Published : December 30, 2020

Choi Mina 1

1백석예술대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

According to Rosi Braidotti's view, which is that these words 'mother, monster, machine' are closely related and directed to feminist theories and cultural phenomenon, the emergence of powerful feminine adolescence in the films, <Maneyo> and <Hanna> could be explained with three words in this paper. These films that have a girl killer as a leading role, have similarities in their plots. These girls in the films are born by advanced science such as gene manipulation and constantly confront enemies who try to kill them. The girls' birth without mothers illustrates that science and technology can control woman's body as well as mother's role. The absence of mother and the substitute of mother trying to kill girls mean male patriarchal society's attempt to tame them. During the enemies' attack and the girls' resistance, the girls have processes of developing as themselves. Finally, their enormous power and uniqueness are revealed the world and instantly the girls are considered as a monster. Although the girls are not a man nor an adult, they became a threat to the male-society. The girls' power created by science and their immature images are shown as a marker of malleable identity at the same time potentiality for the future. Even though the images of feminine adolescence are consumed in the popular culture,the emergence of a powerful and strong girl in films means the crucial markers of cultural and social change.

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