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Imperial RomanceFictions of Colonial Intimacy in Korea, 1905-1945$
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Su Yun Kim

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501751882

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501751882.001.0001

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Imperial Romance

Imperial Romance

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Imperial Romance
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Su Yun Kim

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751882.003.0001

This chapter captures the complex phenomenon of representations of Korean–Japanese intimate relationships in Korean popular literature, media, and cinema with colonial policies during the Japanese protectorate period and colonial rule in Korea from 1905 to 1945. It cites that Koreans' experience of intimacy was rare in twentieth-century global colonialism as intermarriage and intimate relationships were encouraged by the colonial government. It also argues that Korean writers and cultural producers of the first half of the twentieth century displayed a fascination with their Japanese colonizers. The chapter analyses moments when colonial subjects become active participants in, and agents of, Japanese and global imperialism. It talks about the cracks in the colonial system, such as moments when Koreans became equal to the Japanese, with or without the support of the colonial rulers.

Keywords:   Korean–Japanese relationships, intimate relationships, Japanese protectorate period, global colonialism, intermarriage, colonial government, global imperialism, Korean popular literature, Korean media, Korean cinema

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