Queer experimental writing in Korean literature of the 2010s
Queer experimental writing in Korean literature of the 2010s / Hyonhui Choe
p. 235-258 ; 23 cm
수록자료: Seoul journal of Korean studies. Institute of Korean Studies, Seoul National University. Vol.31 no.2(2018 December), p. 235-258 31:2<235 ISSN 1225-0201 저자: Hyonhui Choe, assistant professor in the Department of Korean Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
This article examines how queer literature’s experiment in the deconstruction of the representational model addresses not only modernist formalistic aesthetics but also the political imagination of future communities. The three short stories analyzed here transform themselves into a space where the reader actively engages in a visceral relationship with the texts. In this process, the reader becomes an equal player in the supposedly authorial act of textual production. This enmeshment of the author/text/ reader in queer experimental writing embodies an alternative method of social belonging in which the textual existence of literary works enacts an association between anonymous individuals. From the proliferation of queer literature produced in Korea in the 2010s, I have chosen to examine Yun Ihyeong’s “Luka,” Hwang Jeong-eun’s “Bone Thief” and Jeong Jidon’s “The Book of the Future.” These stories all offer themselves as a space for reordering the author/text/reader hierarchy, which makes them representative works of experimental queer writing. In addition, thanks to this feature, the three texts under examination use their performativity to activate the imagination of queer and alternative communities.