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Fall 2018-2019
* EAS 349 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

North Korean Imaginaries

Steven Chung

North Korea is the subject of an array of often contradictory political and aesthetic representations, each of which make claims to truth. This course sets out to scrutinize these very real and productive imaginaries. Primary engagements will include official speeches and documents, artistic productions and defector testimonies from North Korea, as well as historical research, policy analysis, journalism, and non-state activities from outside the nation's borders. The task of understanding this most troubled of states will be challenged by visits from journalists, former intelligence or policy consultants, defectors, and religious groups.

Sample reading list:
Victor Cha, The Impossible State
Andrei Lankov, The Real North Korea
Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy
Kim Il Sung, Collected Works
Kim Jung Il, On the Art of the Cinema
Daelemans, Kim, Bonner, Comrade Kim Goes Flying
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly response papers. Final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20158 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:23 Limit:18 Closed