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New Korean Cinema

Edited by Chi-Yun Shin, Julian Stringer


A wide-ranging analysis of one of the world's most important contemporary film industries, New Korean Cinema adopts a cross-cultural and multi-dimensional perspective and provides a comprehensive overview of the production, circulation and reception of modern South Korean cinema. Together with discussions of Korean society and culture, it considers the political economy of the film industry, strategies of domestic and international distribution and marketing, the consumption of films in diverse reception environments, and the relation of film texts to their cultural, historical and social contexts. Gathering critics from Asia, Europe and North America, New Korean Cinema contributes to the discussion of the complex role played by national and regional cinemas in a global age. It will be of interest to students and critics of Popular Culture and Film Studies as well as East Asian Studies and Korean Studies.

Key Features

  • The most comprehensive study of one of the world's most exciting new cinemas
  • Provides new insights into the relations forged between cinema and civil society since the early 1990s.
  • Considers innovative and timely areas of concern such as globalization, transnationalism and new media
  • Contains in-depth analyses of key films like Chunhyang, Memento Mori, Peppermint Candy and Take Care of My Cat
  • Includes a glossary of key terms and bibliography of works on Korean cinema
  • Illustrated with 24 black-and-white stills.


Part I: Forging a New Cinema
Contemporary Cultural Production in South Korea: Vanishing Meta-Narratives of Nation
The Korean Film Industry: 1992 to the Present
Globalization and New Korean Cinema
'Chunhyang': Marketing an Old Tradition in New Korean Cinema
'Cine-Mania' or Cinephilia: Film Festivals and the Identity Question
Part II: Generic Transformations
Putting Korean Cinema in Its Place: Genre Classifications and the Contexts of Reception
Horror as Critique in 'Tell Me Something' and 'Sympathy for Mr
Two of a Kind: Gender and Friendship in 'Friend' and 'Take Care of My Cat'
'Just Because': Comedy, Melodrama, and Youth Violence in Attack the Gas Station
All at Sea?: National History and Historiology in Soul's Protest and Phantom, the Submarine
Part III: Social Change and Civil Society
Peppermint Candy: The Will Not to Forget
The Awkward Traveler in 'Turning Gate'
Memento Mori and Other Ghostly Sexualities
Interethnic Romance and Political Reconciliation in 'Asako in Ruby Shoes'
Glossary of Key Terms
Bibliography of Works on Korean Cinema

About the Author

Chi-Yun Shin is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.

Julian Stringer is a Lecturer in Film Studies in the Institute of Film at the University of Nottingham.


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T1304 978 0 7486 1175 1 Mothers and Daughters in the Twentieth Century Ingman 17/08/2007 Yes There is a refreshing and unusual range here, sharpening the anthology's tone and linking American, Jewish, Chinese, African-American, Irish and British writers. Some of the names which seem to crop up in almost every anthology have been omitted, and this makes room for lesser-known voices. Even the pieces by well-known writers such as Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf are not those that keep doing the rounds, and provide a fresh insight into the writers' lives and works. http://www. RQ737 T1304
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T1158 978 0 7486 1227 7 Multicultural American Literature Lee 17/08/2007 Yes Lee is dazzingly well read and articulate, and his perceptive analyses are guaranteed to delight and, on occasion, infuriate his readers. Multicultural American Literature is a wonderfully intelligent contribution to the continuing debate about the nature of the canon of United States Literature. http://www. RQ496 T1158
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17/08/2007 Sean McLoughlin, University of Leeds Yes Since the Salman Rushdie affair in 1989, Tariq Modood has established himself as one of the foremost commentators on minority ethnic affairs in Britain. Multicultural Politics is a very welcome and timely collection of selections from his work, 1990-2003. ... Multicultural Politics is an important book and unlike anything else currently available. http://www. RQ2589 T1123
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T1299 978 1 902930 09 1 Music and the Celtic Otherworld Ralls 17/08/2007 Yes As an encyclopaedic volume of references to its subject matter, this book will find a welcome audience amongst specialists who focus their studies on musical and otherwordly lore. http://www. RQ284 T1299
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T974 978 0 7486 2381 5 Music and Youth Culture Laughey 01/06/2009 Andy Hudson Discorder M1432 Yes If you’re a budding sociologist or extra keen on secretly observing and recording your fellow humans, Music & Youth Culture makes for good homework. http://www. RQ5556 T974
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01/01/2008 Will Gibson, University of London British Journal of Music Education M1279 Yes A very welcome addition to the sociological literature on music and culture... This text will deserve serious treatment by scholars workingin the area of sociology of music. http://www. RQ5263 T974
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17/08/2007 Professor Sheila Whiteley, University of Salford Yes Music and Youth Culture will prove an invaluable book for researchers and students alike, not least the critical appraisal of approaches to subcultural theory, the previously under-researched Mass Observation archives, and astute analysis of music in young people’s everyday lives. Laughey takes an interactionist approach, exploring the intergenerational contexts of uses and influences - in bars and clubs, at home and work, in school and college - thoughtfully contextualised by an exploration of dance hall practices prior to the post-war phenomena of subcultures. http://www. RQ3018 T974
T1140 978 0 7486 1844 6 Muslims in Western Europe Nielsen 17/08/2007 Yes Reviews of the first edition: This book is an excellent, encapsulated factual survey and analysis… One hopes that policy-makers and the ecumenical establishment “have a good read” of this book and that Nielsen and his colleagues continue in their tradition of honest appraisal and telling comment as sadly, in the present climate, even moderate Muslim opinion is now branded as extremist. http://www. RQ571 T1140
17/08/2007 Yes This is a strongly recommended text which should inspire Muslim institutions to devote more resources to develop Muslim research and development in this neglected field. http://www. RQ1563 T1140
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T1054 978 0 7486 0951 2 Narratives for a New Belonging Bromley 17/08/2007 Yes An excellent example of how to discuss a wide range of literature without being paralysed by theory. … Bromley's book is a timely reminder of the way in which phenomena such as diaspora, which are so important in postcolonial writing and theorizing, are nevertheless not simply reducible to the concerns of postcolonialism. One of the book's definite strengths is the way it avoids obvious or easy choices in its selection of authors and texts. The result is an illuminating discussion. http://www. RQ233 T1054
T982 978 0 7486 2113 2 Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism Leoussi 01/10/2008 Brian Thompson, Chinese University of Hong Kong Fontes Artis Musicae M1275 Yes Non-specialists will find the book's structure logical and the writing of a consistently high quality. For those seeking firmer theoretical basis for interdisciplinary work, it may help to provide a way forward. http://www. vol 55, no 2 RQ5258 T982
01/08/2008 Society M1365 No This carefully edited collection by some of the most eminent scholars in the field of nationalism studies explores how ethnicity and nationalism interact in the modern world. http://www. RQ5464 T982
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T1294 978 0 7486 1363 2 Nazi Wireless Propaganda Doherty 17/08/2007 Yes This is the first academic study of Nazi radio propaganda broadcast to Britain in the Second World War. Making good use of the available British sources, particularly the various sound archives, Mass Observation, the Public Record Office, the Imperial War Museum and the Wiener Library, Martin Doherty has made a careful and judicious assessment of the purpose, nature and impact of Nazi broadcasts to Britain during the Second World War. Most valuable is the provision of a compact disk insert providing twenty-four broadcasts, particularly from Radio Hamburg and William Joyce, although there are good examples of other broadcasters such as John Amery, Edward Bowlby and Norman Baillie-Stewart ... an excellent study of both the broadcasters and the reactions of the British state and public opinion to the impact of Nazi propaganda. http://www. RQ883 T1294
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01/12/2001 Susan Carruthers, University of Aberystwyth The International History Review M1278 Yes A careful, chronologically structured analysis of Germany's English-language stations. He sets out to challenge multiple myths: that 'Haw-Haw' is reducible to Joyce alone, and that Joyce's contribution to wartime propaganda, in turn, is reducible to shrill histrionics to which Britons listened only to alleviate wartime tedium, finding humour in his laughably patrician efforts on behalf of the Nazis. Extensive quotation from the broadcasts is supplemented by an hour-long CD, with selections from twenty-four transmissions taken from different phases of the war. An invaluable teaching tool, the CD permits the distinctive accents, styles, registers (and sexes) of the hydra-headed 'Haw-Haw' to be fully appreciated in a way that transcription alone could never accomplish http://www. RQ3859 T1294
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T701 978 0 7486 2209 2 New Cultural Studies Hall 17/08/2007 Mikita Brottman Popmatters M1241 Yes Just when even the stodgiest of academics was getting used to the idea of cultural studies as a traditional academic discipline, here comes a book to shake everything up again http://www. RQ488 T701
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17/08/2007 Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yes This is a wonderful book about emergent possibilities within cultural studies. The contributors valuably deconstruct and rearticulate the too-often taken for granted theoretical discourses of cultural studies. Rather than a declaration of generational independence as the title might suggest, it is an important reminder of the need for cultural studies to go on theorizing, in ever-changing contexts of political demands. http://www. RQ2472 T701
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01/03/2007 Liam French Art, Design, Media Subject Centre Newsletter M614 Yes An invaluable resource for both lecturers and students in enhancing the teaching and learning experience. This title offers a diverse selection of really well-written and informative interventions (theoretical and methodological) that will undoubtedly be influential in helping to establish both what cultural studies is, and what it might become, as we move further into the 21st Century. http://www. RQ5152 T701
T995 978 0 7486 1852 1 New Korean Cinema Shin 17/08/2007 Screening the Past Yes A vital addition to the body of work available to those teaching Asian cinema in the west. It is a clearly structured and well written series of approaches to Korean Cinema. http://www. RQ191 T995
17/08/2007 David Desser, Unit for Cinema Studies, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Yes Among the most popular cinemas in Asia and increasingly visible and influential in Europe and the US, recent films from South Korea did not arise out of nowhere. This volume, drawing on scholars from three continents, including many native Korean speakers and scholars, provides a wealth of material for understanding the socio-cultural context out of which these popular films arose and in which they are consumed. Yet its greatest contribution may very well be in analysing not just the ‘why’ of Korean cinema, but the how" - how the Korean film industry remade itself in the early 1990s to become a veritable juggernaut at home and abroad, a major player in global film culture, arguably more important on the world stage today than either the Japanese or Hong Kong cinemas. To this end, the volume provides insightful glimpses into under-appreciated areas within global film studies, such as the significance of film financing and film festivals; the mobilisation of film genre (Horror, comedy, melodrama); and issues of gender and sexuality. Not just a must-read for scholars of Korean film and culture, or Asian cinema, but a major intervention into the study of global media production and consumption.