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Building Multicultural Space At the Scene of the Racial Conflicts: Kimchee and Chitlins and Twilight

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2014, 27(1), pp.177-200
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama

Hyun-joo Ki 1

1세종대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Both Kimchee and Chitlins and Twilight deal with the issues concerning racial conflicts which were aggravated during the late 1980s and the early 1990s. In both plays, reenactment plays an important role to imagine a multicultural space at the venue of the clash. While cultural difference of the blacks and Asian Americans is stressed as the critical factor for the interracial conflicts, the political, social and economic condition of the ghetto is obscured in the plays. As the racial conflicts hardly get resolved, the plays imagine traversing racial boundaries by reenactment or performance. Further these techniques and devices interrupt the sequence of the play and provide the audience with a chance to question their perceptions of others. Besides, these Brechtian techniques employed in the two plays defamiliarize the major issues and intervene in the process of the audience’s uncritical reception. Crossing racial roles or inventing alternative reality in Kimchee and Chitlins and performance of all the characters by one body in Twilight demonstrates that the boundaries established in between races and ethnicities can be blurred. Multicultural space can be imagined after the boundaries are broken down.

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