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Sung Un Gang
The Opposite of Home. Modernization of Theatre and Allocation of Women in Colonial Korea (1902-1937)

In my dissertation, I explore transformations of theatre and women's roles in Korea under Japanese rule between 1902 and 1937. This period is bookended by the opening of the first state-funded playhouse Soch'undae and the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The appearance of Korean women as audiences, actresses, and after all, as the bearers of the modernity marked the groundbreaking change in Korean women's history. I argue that the discourse and practice of theatre modernization played a significant part in the questioning, refashioning, and invention of Korean women's roles constructed at the intersection of gender, class, and ethnicity. Adopting the method of discourse analysis, I investigate the process of negotiation among various interest groups such as Government General, Korean nationalists, aspiring Korean middle class women, and the subaltern kisaeng women around the normative Korean women's roles and spaces.

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