EAS 55 (4.0
This course is a survey on post-Korean War literature and film with a focus on the topic of madness. How did the Korean people respond to their times following the Korean War (1950-1953) when everything seemed like sheer madness? What are some elements that drive this madness at different points in Korean history? We will begin our journey starting with texts from the mid-1950s immediate postwar to the 2010s contemporary South Korea. As we move through our texts, we will consider Korea’s major historical events and selected theoretical frameworks to build our understanding of the texts’ relationship with the society as we examine whether the use of madness in literature and film is a successful way of portraying the realities of postwar South Korea. There are no prerequisites for this course. All reading and viewing materials will be available in English through Canvas. (IV and VIII ).