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Shaping and Reshaping of National Identity - The Mutual Interactions Between the Cultural Policy and the Korean National Ballet -

Youngeun Yang 1

1충남대학교

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ABSTRACT

The Korean National Ballet (KNB), founded in 1962, is a pivotal, government-funded ballet company which acts as a national representative on both domestic and international stages. This study investigates how the KNB fulfills its role as a national organization, charged with representing Korean identity. Paul Gilroy’s work on camp-thinking provides the theoretical foundation for understanding the political reshaping of national identity, enabling the study to focus on the successive states’ cultural policies and its mutual relationship with the KNB. The central concern is to show how the shifting national images propagated by each state are further bolstered and reshaped by the KNB; especially through the formation of ‘Korean ballet’, a complex phenomenon interpreted through Homi Bhabha’s concept of post-colonial hybridity. Thus, this hybrid cultural phenomenon is argued as a new possible site of identification, and the KNB is nominated as a crucial institution in making and moving Korean national identity.

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