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The Youth Discourse and Gender in South and North Korean Theaters between the Foundation and the Reconstruction(Years of 1945∼1960)

  • The Journal of Korean drama and theatre
  • 2021, (71), pp.11-51
  • DOI : 10.17938/tjkdat.2021..71.11
  • Publisher : The Learned Society Of Korean Drama And Theatre
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : February 16, 2021
  • Accepted : March 17, 2021
  • Published : March 31, 2021

Jun Jeenee 1

1한경대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to consider with combining(交直) the youth discourse and the gender discourse of South and North Korean theaters in the gender-based perspective up until after the war from right after the August 15th Liberation. Specifically, it will consider the changing history of the ideal youth image that two systems have embodied for about 15 years since the liberation, and will diachronically discuss how the existence of woman/daughter was recorded in this process. Chapter 2 of the main subject is examined the South and North Korean theaters in the liberation period and is checked the aspect that a woman’s role comes to be secondary amidst the generational discourse led by young people, and the pattern that is still otherized on woman/daughter even if officially emphasizing gender equality. And then the dramatic effect is pursued that the shape of a female character is established with being divided into two parts in the South and North Korean theaters in time of war, and that a positive female character’s sacrifice brings. Finally, it inquires into the South and North Korean theaters before and after the war, and grasps the aspect that a young man who survived the Korean War enlightens the old generation and the surrounding women and that the order of a family is rebuilt. As the above, this study aims to point out that the otherness on older generations and women was always taken root in the process that the South and North Korean theaters emphasize a staunch young man to complete the task of the times, and that a strong hierarchy between genders had been spread especially when reproducing a woman. This will lead to indicating the frailty of youth subjects in the middle of South and North Korean theaters of being cast on the premise essentially of otherness and objectification and to ultimately discussing the limitation of the propaganda play.

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