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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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Under the Same Roof

Under the Same Roof

A Royal Wedding and a Mixed Family for the Ruling Class

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Imperial Romance

Su Yun Kim

Cornell University Press

This chapter investigates the ruling elites' discourse on intermarriage in literature and the media in the late 1910s and the 1920s. It discusses the Korean media that published topics ranging from the legalization of Korean–Japanese marriage to the future of intermarriage in the wake of the 1920 royal marriage between a Korean prince, Yi Ŭn, and a Japanese blueblood, Nashimotonomiya Masako. It also talks about the influence of the ruling elites' intermarriage that continues to be evident in fictional narratives by Yŏm Sangsŏp. The chapter reviews Sangsŏp's novella Nam Ch'ungsŏ in 1927, which is a story about a rich family in Seoul. It analyses how contemporary Korean writers portrayed upper-class Korean–Japanese mixed homes and families.

Keywords:   ruling elites, intermarriage, Korean–Japanese marriage, Yi Ŭn, Nashimotonomiya Masako, fictional narratives

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