Queer Korea

Queer Korea

Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe

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Book Pages: 408 Illustrations: 11 illustrations Published: January 2020

Asian Studies > East Asia, Gender and Sexuality > Queer Theory, History > Asian History

Since the end of the nineteenth century, the Korean people have faced successive waves of foreign domination, authoritarian regimes, and divided trajectories of development. As marginalized actors throughout these turbulent times, “queer” Koreans were silenced in state, media, and historical narratives of their modern nation. Contributors of this volume challenge such heteropatriarchal nationalism through interdisciplinary analyses of non-normative sexuality and gender variance, extending individualized notions of queer neoliberalism beyond those set in Western queer theory. They address a range of compelling topics, from shamanic rituals during the colonial era and B-grade comedy films under Cold War dictatorship to toxic masculinity in today’s South Korean military and transgender confrontations with the resident registration system. More broadly, Queer Korea offers readers critical ways of understanding the limits and possibilities of human liberation under exclusionary conditions of modernity in Asia and beyond.

Contributors. Pei Jean Chen, John (Song Pae) Cho, Chung-kang Kim, Timothy Gitzen, Todd A. Henry, Merose Hwang, Ruin, Layoung Shin, Sin-ae Ha, John Whittier Treat



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Todd A. Henry is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego, and author of Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0290-1 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0192-8