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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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Civilization and Enlightenment

Civilization and Enlightenment

The Role of the Japanese Home in the Early Colonial Period, 1905–1919

(p.18) 1 Civilization and Enlightenment
Imperial Romance

Su Yun Kim

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the introduction of intermarriage between Koreans and Japanese as a public discourse in the early twentieth century, starting in the Japanese protectorate period from 1905 to 1910. It examines the colonial government documents and newly launched Japanese-language media. It also looks at readings of novels by Yi Injik in the genre of the so-called New Novel and of Yi Kwangsu's early short stories. The chapter then explores the discourse that propagated the idea of Korean–Japanese intimacy as an important part of the Korean assimilation into the newly dominant Japanese civilization. It explains how the violence of the Japanese Empire has overshadowed the existence of intimate and familial Korean–Japanese relationships since the colonial period.

Keywords:   intermarriage, Japanese protectorate period, Yi Injik, Japanese civilization, Yi Kwangsu, Korean–Japanese intermarriage, Korean–Japanese intimacy, Korean assimilation

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