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Author: Ruth Barraclough

Title: Factory Girl Literature

Subtitle: Sexuality, Violence, and Representation in Industrializing Korea

Place: Berkeley and Los Angeles

Publisher: University of California Press

Year: 2012

Pages: 196pp.

Series: The Seoul-California Series in Korean Studies

ISBN-13: 9780520289765 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Asian History: Korean History | Representations: Literature; Types: Sexual Harassment, Workplace Sexual Violence


Link: eScholarship: Publishing Services of the University of California (The download has been disabled until after November 26, 2015)


Author: Ruth Barraclough, Department of Pacific and Asian History, Australian National University


  Preface and Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  Introduction: Sexuality, Violence, Literature (p. 1)
  1. The Invention of the Factory Girl (p. 13)
  2. Tales of Seduction (p. 36)
  3. The Road to Seoul (p. 56)
  4. Slum Romance (p. 87)
  5. Girl Love and Suicide (p. 113)
  Epilogue (p. 138)
  Notes (p. 141)
  Selected Bibliography (p. 165)
  Index (p. 177)

Description: »As millions of women and girls left country towns to generate Korea’s manufacturing boom, the factory girl emerged as an archetypal figure in twentieth-century popular culture. This book explores the factory girl in Korean literature from the 1920s to the 1990s, showing the complex ways in which she has embodied the sexual and class violence of industrial life.« (Source: University of California Press)

Lecture: Barraclough, Ruth. »Factory Girl Literature: Sexuality, Violence and Representation in Industrializing Korea.« Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota. Minneapolis 2012.


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