Friday, September 28, 2018 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Humanities 150, CU Boulder
Free and Open to the Public
The talk will feature an academic presentation by a literary scholar of North Korea. Immanuel Kim will show how literature from DPRK does not always conform to top-down ideals of political commitment to the leader, the Party, and the nation. He shows, instead, how the path to becoming a revolutionary hero is challenged by individual desires, decisions, and doubts. Dr. Kim’s research is particularly important as he is one of the very few literary scholars in the U.S. whose research focuses exclusively on the North Korean literary field. The event will offer a rare opportunity to rethink our notions about the meaning of North Korean propaganda, by bringing closer attention to the literary culture of a society whose media representation in the U.S. is consistently shaped by exoticization, alarmist national-security fears, and lingering Cold War tensions.