Choi, Shine.

Re-Imagining North Korea in International Politics : Problems and alternatives. - 1 online resource (482 pages) - eBooks on Demand Interventions . - Interventions .

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Note on translation -- Introduction: what North Korea problem? -- Contextualizing theory -- Problematizing the international in the 'North Korea problem' -- 1. International relations, interrupted: issues of positionality and intercultural relations -- Introduction -- Dissent -- Interruption -- Turning to culture for alternatives -- Conclusion -- 2. Displacing the detective eye/I: seeing translation and mediation -- Introduction -- Travelling and translating with a detective eye/I -- North Korea detected -- Alternative modes of encountering mystery and North Korea -- Conclusion -- 3. What 'seeing' suffering demands of us: photographic engagements with North Korea(ns) -- Introduction -- Encounters with suffering -- Suffering North Korea -- Alternative imaging of suffering and North Koreans -- Conclusion -- 4. I love you. Do you love me? Conflict, melodrama and reconciliation, South Korean blockbuster style -- Introduction -- Love and convention -- Love conflict -- Reformulating (Korea) love -- Conclusion -- 5. Objecting objects: be(com)ing North Koreans in an affective world -- Introduction -- 'Speak out' -- 'Help us to save our North Korean compatriots' -- 'I will not write my memoir' -- Conclusion -- Conclusion: how do you solve a problem like North Korea? It depends on who you are -- The international/North Korea problem -- (de)Centring self -- Index.

The global consensus in academic, specialist and public realms is that North Korea is a problem: its nuclear ambitions pose a threat to international security, its levels of poverty indicate a humanitarian crisis and its political repression signals a failed state. This book examines the cultural dimensions of the international problem of North Korea through contemporary South Korean and Western popular imagination's engagement with North Korea. Building on works by feminist-postcolonial thinkers, in particular Trinh Minh-ha, Rey Chow and Gayatri Spivak, it examines novels, films, photography and memoirs for how they engage with issues of security, human rights, humanitarianism and political agency from an intercultural perspective. By doing so the author challenges the key assumptions that underpin the prevailing realist and liberal approaches to North Korea. This research attends not only to alternative framings, narratives and images of North Korea but also to alternative modes of knowing, loving and responding and will be of interest to students of critical international relations, Korean studies, cultural studies and Asian studies.


Korea (North) -- Politics and government.

Electronic books.

DS935.5 -- .C465 2015