A Walk Down Memory Lane: Image of Yun Tong-ju as Resistance Poet in Contemporary South Korean Society

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A Walk Down Memory Lane: Image of Yun Tong-ju as Resistance Poet in Contemporary South Korean Society

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: A Walk Down Memory Lane: Image of Yun Tong-ju as Resistance Poet in Contemporary South Korean Society
Author: Ho, Sammi
Issue Date: 2019
Keywords: Korean Poetry
Yun Tong-ju
Resistance Poet
Collective Memory
Han minjok
Cultural Production
Abstract: This thesis examines how the Korean poet Yun Tong-ju (1917-1945) has been framed as a resistance poet in contemporary South Korean society through the process of collective memory and cultural production. What role does national memory and cultural production actually play in the framing of Yun Tong-ju’s image as a resistance poet in contemporary South Korean society? This thesis uses critical analysis, literature and genre analysis as research method on both Korean and English sources to examine these concepts in relation to the resistance image of Yun Tong-ju. Existing studies on Yun Tong-ju have mainly focused on the interpretations of his poetry, this thesis instead focusses on the process of memory construction and the reinforcement of it in its society. It seems that the image of Yun Tong-ju as a resistance poet can be traced back to the defensive creation of a national memory of the ‘Han minjok’ (the Korean nation). This memory was never questioned by the general public but only strengthened through the elaboration of cultural heritage and cultural productions in contemporary South Korean society.
Supervisor: Ceuster, Koen de
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Korean Studies (Bachelor)
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/63985
 

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