Negotiating Local, Regional, and Global: Nationalism, Hybridity, and Transnationalism in New Korean Cinema

Negotiating Local, Regional, and Global: Nationalism, Hybridity, and Transnationalism in New Korean Cinema

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This study analyzes how South Korean cinema in the past decade has responded to the forces of globalization by appropriating various foreign influences in constructing a unique identity for itself, both on and off the screen. It also considers how the new identity politics of South Korean cinema complicate our understanding of national cinema. The first chapter provides a historical context for the emergence of New Korean Cinema, focusing on the shared efforts between the government and the film industry to revive local cinema and the role of the generational shift in the film industry. The next two chapters analyze several films to illustrate the changing nationalism and hybridity of national culture and audience in New Korean Cinema. The last chapter focuses on the trasnationalization of South Korean cinema, with critical attention given to hybridity as an industrial strategy and as shaped by intra-regional co-productions. I make three major arguments about globalization and national cinema in the context of New Korean Cinema. First, the nation-state remains an important actor in the process of globalization; some nation-states have successfully resisted global forces, and become powerful players in the ever-changing world media cultural economy. Second, globalization as cultural hybridization not only occurs at multiple levels but is a more ambiguous and complex process than suggested by both cultural imperialism and cultural pluralism. Third, since the new media landscape is marked by the coexistence of hybridity, nationalism, and transnationalism, it is necessary to reconsider a text-based and essentialist understanding of national cinema.... gay love story with explicit sexuality, features a young and beautiful gay couple , much reminiscent of yaoi characters. ... dramas exploit the newly popularized themes of yaoi and same-sex intimacy, in their attempt to draw diverse audiences .


Title:Negotiating Local, Regional, and Global: Nationalism, Hybridity, and Transnationalism in New Korean Cinema
Author:Jeeyoung Shin
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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