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October 22, 2012: Factory Girl Literature: Sexuality, Violence and Representation in Industrializing Korea

A Presentation by Ruth Barraclough

Monday, October 22, 2012,   4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

Korea’s twentieth-century industrialization saw millions of women and girls leave country towns to generate a series of manufacturing booms. Ruth Barraclough will discuss Korean industrial literature to show how the factory girl became an archetypal figure, travelling across time and genres from the 1920s to the 1990s. Combining in her person a compelling mix of sexual vulnerability and political potential, the factory girl became a crucial figure in modern Korean literature for the way she embodied the violence of industrial life.

Ruth Barraclough is Assistant Professor in Korean Studies and Gender and Cultural Studies at the Australian National University. Her book Factory Girl Literature: Sexuality, Violence and Representation in Industrialising Korea, has just been published by University of California Press.

Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study, Imagine Fund, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, English, Asian Languages & Literatures


This talk is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 32.0 MB) or as a video podcast (.m4v – 165.2 MB).

Question and Answer Session

Audio download (.mp3 – 26.5 MB) Video podcast (.m4v – 145.1 MB).

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One Comment

  1. Ann WaltnerOctober 23, 2012 at 9:26 amReply

    A terrific talk. Video should be up shortly.

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