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The Fear Politics and Gender Regimes Embedded in Disaster Narrative: Focusing on Jung Yoo-jung's “28” and Choi Jin-young's “To the Warm Horizon”

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2024, (126), pp.265-294
  • DOI : 10.21793/koreall.2024.126.265
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : January 31, 2024
  • Accepted : March 19, 2024
  • Published : March 31, 2024

Han Ahreum 1

1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

By analyzing the politics of fear in the narrative of disasters kind of infectious diseases and the gender regime that is practiced within social constructs, we can critically explore the everyday discrimination inherent in communities and the sense of place where members are separated. Furthermore, in order to create a healthy society that recognizes the value and diversity of human beings, violent discriminatory behavior within gendered organizations must be examined from a gender perspective. In this study, focusing on Jung Yoo-jung's novel “28” and Choi Jin-young's “To the Warm Horizon”, we will examine the narrative aspect of discourse on the risk of life as a threat of gender in order to have power in a disaster situation. It aims to raise a problematic awareness of the political act of creating fear by instrumentalizing the risk of infection and segregating the sex differences written on the body by dividing them into classes. In the two novels, after the spread of the epidemic, gendered women are confined to a defined sphere and marginalized in a limited role in the public sphere. However, the author attempts to deconstruct the power structure within the community that sexually exploits women's bodies by depicting the future of humanity through a system of domination and obedience. The novel point out the contradictions of the heterosexual patriarchal system by ideally portraying the restoration of relationships formed on empathy and love by rejecting masculinity in which the female body is disciplined. In the end, the novel emphasizes that the logic of power or the predominance of power in the private/public sphere is not the orientation of a positive community that sustains life. Emphasizing that the communal value, which is closer to hope than the disciplinary power that oppresses others, is the sentiment of caring to respect each other and live together as it is, the author embodies the gender regime as a social practice in the novel.

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