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Domestic Femininity

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The idea of domestic femininity in Korea originates from Neo- Confucian discourses that place women firmly within the immanent and the corporeal. Despite an ever increasing number of highly educated female graduates, the 1990s in actual fact witnessed a new rise in the so- called 'housewifesation' of Korean women. Women in their twenties in particular appeared to embrace the new creed of romantic love in the 1990s, and in particular because of its promise of equal partnership between a husband and wife. From the outset, the narrator's role as a housewife is presented as nothing more than a masquerade that excludes the possibility of other potential forms for socially acceptable expressions of femininity. The fact that the protagonist eventually descends into madness is, of course, not an uncommon storyline in women's literature in a wider global context.

Keywords: domestic femininity; housewife; Korean women; Neo- Confucian discourses; protagonist



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