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Beyond Representations

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Korean women writers occupy a peculiar position in relation to the feminine that they represent in their works. The vast popularity of Yi's ode to patriarchal symbolic order upon its publication in Korea shows that the general reading public was still very much in tune and receptive of traditional self- sacrificial feminine imageries. Whether feminist or not, 1990s women writers in general emerge as dissidents to the patriarchal symbolic order of representation. It is interesting to observe then that in the 2000s, many women writers have increasingly focused on the mother as a person rather than a functionary of a socially constructed role. There is then a need to learn to 'read' cultural signs in a way that is much more aware of this tendency to recreate existing myths about the feminine in the context of Korean cultural representation, as well as beyond the Korean cultural sphere.

Keywords: feminine; Korean women writers; patriarchal symbolic order



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