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Areum's introduction



I am currently a doctoral candidate in Theater and Performance Studies at UCLA. My work takes a transnational approach to twentieth and twenty-first-century Korean and Korean American film, theater, and performance.


My dissertation, "Performing Colonial Imagi-nation," examines representations of national identity in live performance in Korea and the United States from early twentieth century to the present. My work focuses on how local cultural and political motifs are deployed as part of Korean national identity using intermedial performance strategies—performances that incorporate pre-filmed elements, often by projecting film or images into the background of a performance.


For this workshop, I would like to share and receive feedback on early writings of my third chapter which investigates how Korean intermedial performance group YMAP's dance piece Madame Freedom (2013) represents the ways in which performance becomes a site of cultural, historical, and political memory, and also raises feminist issues by projecting Korean filmmaker Han Hyŏngmo's 1956 film Madame Freedom in the performance.


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