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Speaker: Ruth Barraclough

Title: Factory Girl Literature

Subtitle: Sexuality, Violence and Representation in Industrializing Korea

Institution: Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota

Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Date: October 22, 2012

Language: English

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


Link: University of Minnesota (Free Access)


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

Abstract: »Korea’s twentieth-century industrialization saw millions of women and girls leave country towns to generate a series of manufacturing booms. Ruth Barraclough will discuss Korean industrial literature to show how the factory girl became an archetypal figure, travelling across time and genres from the 1920s to the 1990s. Combining in her person a compelling mix of sexual vulnerability and political potential, the factory girl became a crucial figure in modern Korean literature for the way she embodied the violence of industrial life.« (Source: University of Minnesota)

Publication: Barraclough, Ruth. Factory Girl Literature: Sexuality, Violence, and Representation in Industrializing Korea. Berkeley 2012.

Wikipedia: History of Korea: History of South Korea | Representation (arts): Korean literature | Sexual harassment