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Title: Women in Korean musical theatre
Author: Gu, Ji
ISNI:       0000 0004 8499 4400
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis presents a feminist critique of relationships between musical theatre in Korea, Korean women and phallocentric culture. Musical theatre has always reflected conceptions of femininity and is mired in gender discourse. Whenever Korean Confucian patriarchal masculinity was threatened by internal and external socio-political changes, Korean musical theatre responded with newer forms and modes of representing gender. Newly-fashioned musical theatre flourished and attracted female audiences, particularly at times of transition. Whereas some writers have seen musical theatre as liberating, this thesis argues that it has, on the contrary, encouraged women to succumb to conventional Confucian views of woman's place in society. The thesis investigates how musical theatre, as a form of gendered performance, has upheld the Confucian ideal of womanhood from the time of the Chosŏn dynasty to the present. It follows the trajectory of Korean musical theatre history from its beginnings in traditional musical theatrical performance of shamanic kut through two modern musical theatrical performances (yŏsŏng kukkŭk and akkŭk) to the contemporary, the so-called steady-seller musical theatre, showing how, at each stage in its history, Korean musical theatre recuperates and maintains the gender order of traditional Confucian patriarchy.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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