Memory and Agency: Rethinking North Korean Literature

This talk will feature an academic presentation by a literary scholar of North Korea. Immanuel Kim will show how literature from DPRK does not always conform to top-down ideals of political commitment to the leader, the party, and the nation. He shows, instead, how the path to becoming a revolutionary hero is challenged by individual desires, decisions and doubts.

Kim’s research is particularly important, as he is one of the very few literary scholars in the U.S. whose research focuses exclusively on the North Korean literary field. The event will offer a rare opportunity to rethink our notions about the meaning of North Korean propaganda, by bringing closer attention to the literary culture of a society whose media representation in the U.S. is consistently shaped by exoticization, alarmist national-security fears and lingering Cold War tensions.

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Eaton Humanities, 150
1610 Pleasant Street, Boulder, CO 80309

Event Type

Lecture/Presentation, Featured Event


Arts & Culture, International & Global Affairs, Law & Politics


Faculty, General Public, Students, Graduate Students, International Students

College, School & Unit

Arts & Sciences



Free and Open to the Public

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