[Vol. 21 No. 1] CLAIMING COLONIAL MASCULINITY: SEX AND ROMANCE WITH JAPANESE WOMEN IN CH’AE MANSIK’S COLONIAL FICTION

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Title CLAIMING COLONIAL MASCULINITY: SEX AND ROMANCE WITH JAPANESE WOMEN IN CH’AE MANSIK’S COLONIAL FICTION
Author
Author

Kim Su Yun

Volume

Vol. 21 No. 1

Pages

pp. 255~282 (all 28 pages) 

Publication Date

2018.06.15

Keyword

Ch’ae Mansik, romance, colonial intimacy, colonial masculinity, Japanese femininity, Japanese imperialism.

Abstract

This article explores the representation of erotic desire and romance in the works of one of the most influential authors of colonial Korea, Ch’ae Mansik (1902–50), focusing on his short story “Kwadogi” (Transition, 1923) and his novella Naengdongŏ (Frozen Fish, 1940), which revolve around heterosexual intimacy between Koreans and Japanese. It investigates the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality in colonial-period literature, in particular, how Ch’ae fits Korean masculinity into the colonial hierarchy as regards encountering Japanese women in their private spaces. The article suggests that the anxiety of colonized male elites in intimate relationships with colonizer women manifests the tension between making a Japanese woman on the one hand an object of erotic desire and on the other hand a respectable lady. In managing this tension, the colonized male figures attempt to elevate their position in the hierarchy of the Japanese Empire. It also suggests that Ch’ae produces the image of a Japanese woman as both the symbol of Japanese femininity and imperialism—an alternative womanhood that supports both colonized men and the Japanese imperialist project, submissive to both patriarchies. In this way, I argue, the male writers were not colonized subjects in crisis, as they have often been described in literary scholarship, but active participants and agents of Japanese and global imperialism.

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446 [Vol. 21 No. 1] TABLE OF CONTENTS ACTA KOREANA 2018.06.15 839
445 [Vol. 21 No. 1] EDITOR'S NOTE MICHAEL C. E. FINCH 2018.06.15 345
444 [Vol. 21 No. 1] THE SILK ROAD AND KOREA-MIDDLE EAST CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: GUEST EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION LEE HEE SOO 2018.06.15 441
443 [Vol. 21 No. 1] EVALUATION OF KŪSHNĀMA AS A HISTORICAL SOURCE IN REGARD TO DESCRIPTIONS OF BASĪLĀ LEE HEE SOO 2018.06.15 339
442 [Vol. 21 No. 1] POSSIBLE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN HISTORICAL EVENTS AND THE PLOTS OF IRANIAN PRINCES EXILED IN CHĪN AND B.SĪLĀ DEPICTED IN KŪSHNĀMA LIU YINGJUN 2018.06.15 319
441 [Vol. 21 No. 1] GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF SILLĀ IN MUSLIM ASTRONOMICAL LITERATURE OF THE THIRTEENTH TO SIXTEENTH CENTURIES CE MOHAMMAD BAGHER VOSOOGHI 2018.06.15 281
440 [Vol. 21 No. 1] KOREA AND THE MING TRIBUTE SYSTEM IN KHATAYI’S BOOK OF CHINA KAVEH HEMMAT 2018.06.15 316
439 [Vol. 21 No. 1] KEYHOLE-SHAPED TOMBS IN THE YŎNGSAN RIVER BASIN: A REFLECTION OF PAEKCHE-YAMATO RELATIONS IN THE LATE FIFTH– EARLY SIXTH CENTURY DENNIS LEE 2018.06.15 314
438 [Vol. 21 No. 1] BESIEGED ON A FROZEN MOUNTAIN TOP: OPPOSING RECORDS FROM THE QING INVASION OF CHOSŎN, 1636–1637 THOMAS QUARTERMAIN 2018.06.15 338
437 [Vol. 21 No. 1] MING LOYALIST FAMILIES AND THE CHANGING MEANINGS OF CHOJONG’AM IN EARLY NINETEENTH-CENTURY CHOSŎN HAN SEUNGHYUN 2018.06.15 364
436 [Vol. 21 No. 1] MODIFYING THE HAGUE CONVENTION?US MILITARY OCCUPATION OF KOREA AND JAPANESE RELIGIOUS PROPERTY IN KOREA,1945–1948 AN JONG-CHOL 2018.06.15 312
435 [Vol. 21 No. 1] AN INVESTIGATION INTO A NINETEENTH-CENTURY PRIMER FROM CHOSŎN SONG YUNWOO 2018.06.15 309
434 [Vol. 21 No. 1] CLAIMING COLONIAL MASCULINITY: SEX AND ROMANCE WITH JAPANESE WOMEN IN CH’AE MANSIK’S COLONIAL FICTION KIM SU YUN 2018.06.15 367
433 [Vol. 21 No. 1] SHIFTS IN CHARACTERIZATION IN LITERARY TRANSLATION: REPRESENTATION OF THE “I”-PROTAGONIST OF YI SANG’S WINGS LEE SANG BIN 2018.06.15 1524
432 [Vol. 21 No. 1] KIM SŬNG-OK’S LITERARY RESPONSE TO PAK CHŎNG-HŬI’S RE-MAKING OF KOREAN SOCIETY STEVEN CAPENER 2018.06.15 344
431 [Vol. 21 No. 1] LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION: THE STORY OF CHANGHWA AND HONGNYŎN Translated by FRANKLIN RAUSCH with GILLIEAN LEE and SUJIN LEE 2018.06.15 375
430 [Vol. 21 No. 1] BOOK REVIEWS ACTA KOREANA 2018.06.15 313