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Bonnie Tilland
ASIAN 498
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members. Topics vary. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

The Family in Korean Literature and Film

This course explores representations of the family in modern South Korean literature and film. Focus is on contemporary Korean literature and film (the past few decades), but earlier works addressing family life in the Japanese colonial period, Korean War and immediate post-war period, and industrialization of the 1960s-1980s will also be discussed. We will read both short stories and novels, and view shorts and well as feature-length films. In addition to reading academic literary analysis, we will put these fictional works in context by reading across disciplines to learn about changes in family values and expectations, demographics, family law, and institutions and social space. All texts will be read in English translations (and the films shown with English sub-titles), so no knowledge of Korean is required.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Bi-weekly lectures and discussion.

Recommended preparation

There are no formal prerequisites for this course, though prior coursework in Asian Studies, literature and/or film will be helpful. This is a discussion-intensive course, with a substantial reading and writing expectation.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading and quizzes, research paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Bonnie Tilland
Date: 02/10/2014