Suh 2014 Memory

Title Information

Author: Kyungsook Suh

Title: Documenting Silenced History and Memory

Subtitle: Focusing on Documentary Films on Korean Comfort Women

Journal: Modern Studies in English Language & Literature

Volume: 58

Issue: 1

Year: 2014

Pages: 489-507

ISSN: 1738-7620 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Japanese History, Korean History | Representations: Films / Beyond the Forgotten Eyes, Silence Broken; Types: "Comfort Women", Wartime Rape / Asia-Pacific War

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Abstract: »This paper aims to explore how traumatic historical events such as those of Korean comfort women during Japanese colonial era can be told through documentary films. As an unresolved historical event, without any form of closure for comfort women, their stories linger as haunting images over present-day Korea and Japan. Therefore, I want to examine, through analysis of the film forms and styles of Silence Broken, and Beyond the Forgotten Eyes which employ a mixture of documentary and fiction, reenactment, and poetic mode of documentary, how the films convey a new historical consciousness which makes the viewers see the established “history” anew and which enables the films to eventually participate in social change.« [Source: Modern Studies in English Language & Literature]


  I. Introduction (p. 489)
  II. Silence Broken and Beyond the Forgotten Eyes as Trauma Cinema (p. 492)
  III. Conclusion (p. 504)
  Works Cited (p. 506)

Wikipedia: Comfort women, Japanese war crimes, Pacific War, War rape

Added: April 12, 2014 | Last updated: April 12, 2014