CFP: Contemporary South Korean Cinema (9/1/05; journal issue)

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The past several years have witnessed an explosion, both in
terms of production and popularity, of South Korean cinema.
Korean films have been the focus of retrospectives in Paris;
Washington, DC; and New York (this year alone!) and have
garnered awards at international film festivals in Hong Kong,
France, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, and Japan.
Several Hollywood remakes are already in the works, including
revisions of such hits as My Wife is a Gangster, Oldboy, My
Sassy Girl, and Il Mare.

This special issue of Post Script will focus on analyzing
the "Korean New Wave" as a cultural and historical
phenomenon, as well as the significant individual works
(commercial features, short films, and television dramas) and
trends that have come to define it.

Topics to be considered might include: studies of the
political, cultural, and economic impact of film and
television drama both in Korea and international markets
(especially in Japan and the US); analyses of the role played
by private financing in the evolution of Korean popular film;
examinations of intertextual references to and adaptations of
works drawn from other national cinemas and literatures;
readings of particular films; and thoughts on how Korean
films have been marketed to international audiences.
Contributions sought include not only traditional
critical/analytical works, but also book reviews (several
important new titles on the subject have appeared in the past
two years) and interviews. The aim of the issue is to provide
a comprehensive and accessible overview of the state of
Korean cinema and studies of Korean cinema.
Please submit proposals (of 250-750 words) to guest editor
R.L. Cagle at by September 01, 2005. Completed
essays (of no more than 7,000 words, MLA format) will be due
in December 2005.

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