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Signifying Gay Men in Korean TV Drama Fiction: Naturalizing the Normative in the Contrast of the Imagined Other

Tingbacke, Kristoffer LU (2015) GNVK01 20142
Department of Gender Studies
Abstract
This essay investigates, using semiotic deconstruction, how Korean TV fiction dramas signify gay men in the contrasting of a designated 'normal' that effectively communicates heteronormativity as "myth" obscuring other ‘alternative’ ways of life. This heteronormativity is neither universal nor eternal but is rather part of the situated collective
imaginings of Korean communities and people. The conceptualizations of global cultural flows show the intense dissemination of culture that hybridizes not only notions of a nationalcommunity, but also worlds and people. This study explores the 'familiar' yet hybridized meanings of gay identity manifested in a selection of Korean dramas made possibly by disjunctive and multidirectional flows (of... (More)
This essay investigates, using semiotic deconstruction, how Korean TV fiction dramas signify gay men in the contrasting of a designated 'normal' that effectively communicates heteronormativity as "myth" obscuring other ‘alternative’ ways of life. This heteronormativity is neither universal nor eternal but is rather part of the situated collective
imaginings of Korean communities and people. The conceptualizations of global cultural flows show the intense dissemination of culture that hybridizes not only notions of a nationalcommunity, but also worlds and people. This study explores the 'familiar' yet hybridized meanings of gay identity manifested in a selection of Korean dramas made possibly by disjunctive and multidirectional flows (of media, people, ideas, intimacies and more). While it shows the often marginalized constructions of gay men, it still shows a progressive push of diversifying representation of gay life, gradually claiming and inventing space not only on the margins but working their way toward the core: steadily undermining a heteronormative naturalized order. (Less)
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author
Tingbacke, Kristoffer LU
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organization
course
GNVK01 20142
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Koreanska draman, Sydkorea, Imagination as social practice, Korean gay identity, Global flows, South Korea, Korean dramas, Globala flöden, Koreansk gay identitet, Föreställning som social praktik
language
English
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5468419
date added to LUP
2015-06-17 17:09:18
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2015-06-18 14:04:26
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  abstract     = {This essay investigates, using semiotic deconstruction, how Korean TV fiction dramas signify gay men in the contrasting of a designated 'normal' that effectively communicates heteronormativity as "myth" obscuring other ‘alternative’ ways of life. This heteronormativity is neither universal nor eternal but is rather part of the situated collective 
imaginings of Korean communities and people. The conceptualizations of global cultural flows show the intense dissemination of culture that hybridizes not only notions of a nationalcommunity, but also worlds and people. This study explores the 'familiar' yet hybridized meanings of gay identity manifested in a selection of Korean dramas made possibly by disjunctive and multidirectional flows (of media, people, ideas, intimacies and more). While it shows the often marginalized constructions of gay men, it still shows a progressive push of diversifying representation of gay life, gradually claiming and inventing space not only on the margins but working their way toward the core: steadily undermining a heteronormative naturalized order.},
  author       = {Tingbacke, Kristoffer},
  keyword      = {Koreanska draman,Sydkorea,Imagination as social practice,Korean gay identity,Global flows,South Korea,Korean dramas,Globala flöden,Koreansk gay identitet,Föreställning som social praktik},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Signifying Gay Men in Korean TV Drama Fiction: Naturalizing the Normative in the Contrast of the Imagined Other},
  year         = {2015},
}