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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