Memory of a Revolution Revisited at the End of East-West Road

Kim Suk seminar artCen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies vis­it­ing schol­ar Suk Kim will dis­cuss his ongo­ing writ­ing projects in a sem­i­nar Thurs­day, April 13, 2017, at the Cen­ter. Kim’s pre­sen­ta­tion, “Mem­o­ry of a Rev­o­lu­tion Revis­it­ed at the End of East-West Road,” will take place in the Center’s con­fer­ence room at 11:00 a.m.

Kim SukSuk Kim is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture at Kyung Hee Uni­ver­si­ty, where he teach­es twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry British and Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture. He earned his Ph.D. in Eng­lish and Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture at New York Uni­ver­si­ty in 2006 with a dis­ser­ta­tion on the works of James Joyce.

Kim’s talk will the­mat­i­cal­ly string togeth­er the cen­tral the­ses of two of his crit­i­cal writ­ings in progress. He will, he says, “draw atten­tion to the lega­cy of rev­o­lu­tion whose time­less injunc­tion for a gen­uine change invites the improb­a­ble jux­ta­po­si­tion of the late ‘Can­dle­light Rev­o­lu­tion’ in South Korea (which is cred­it­ed with over­throw­ing the klep­to­crat­ic regime of Geun-hye Park) with the bio­graph­i­cal mem­oir by Kim San and Nym Wales titled Song of Ari­ran: A Kore­an Com­mu­nist in the Chi­nese Rev­o­lu­tion (1941).”

Kim elab­o­rates fur­ther: “There are, of course, many types of rev­o­lu­tion, just as there are as many ways of defin­ing them. Nonethe­less, inso­far as every the­o­ry of rev­o­lu­tion pre­sup­pos­es the com­ing of a cer­tain end of the world, an irrepara­ble rup­ture to the idea as well as the expe­ri­ence of life as we have known it (be it sociopo­lit­i­cal, politi­co-eco­nom­ic, ‘tele-tech­no­log­i­cal,’ and so on), the two dis­parate sub­ject mat­ters (a his­toric event and a lit­er­ary text) con­join to remind us, via the per­for­ma­tive event­ful­ness they respec­tive­ly enact, what may be at stake in endeav­or­ing a gen­uine trans­for­ma­tion apro­pos of an indi­vid­ual sub­ject as well as the col­lec­tive sub­jec­tiv­i­ty: name­ly, the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of such con­cep­tu­al bina­ries as the East and the West, the human vis-a-vis the animal(s), not to men­tion the very idea of being ver­sus haunt­ing in our glob­al­ized age.”

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