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DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border by Suk-Young Kim (review)

DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border by Suk-Young Kim (review) Korea DMZ CROSSING: PERFORMING EMOTIONAL CITIZENSHIP ALONG THE KOREAN BORDER. By Suk-Young Kim. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. 205 pp. Cloth, $55.00. DMZ Crossing, Suk-Young Kim's descriptive and informative book on the diverse genres related to inter-Korean border crossing, narrates the tragic and paradoxical history of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) through the performative acts of real or fictional border crossers in the South and North. Examining border crossing through the lens of performance studies, explaining performativity in connection with the trauma of the Korean War and the division, and gauging the ironic nature of the memorial and commercial tourism derived from the DMZ, the author considers a series of political, ideological, and cultural contradictions surrounding the border, border crossing, and border crossers. Offering a clear overview of the division since the 1950s, she introduces relevant stage plays, feature films, documentary films, and museum exhibitions; presents the DMZ in the context of lingering controversies associated with the Cold War; and ultimately appeals to a wide readership with her approach to border crossing as "a high-stakes performative act with consequences" (p. 7). Interpreting the DMZ as an active stage, each chapter details two relevant case studies: one from the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border by Suk-Young Kim (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 33 (1) – Mar 11, 2016

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Korea DMZ CROSSING: PERFORMING EMOTIONAL CITIZENSHIP ALONG THE KOREAN BORDER. By Suk-Young Kim. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. 205 pp. Cloth, $55.00. DMZ Crossing, Suk-Young Kim's descriptive and informative book on the diverse genres related to inter-Korean border crossing, narrates the tragic and paradoxical history of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) through the performative acts of real or fictional border crossers in the South and North. Examining border crossing through the lens of performance studies, explaining performativity in connection with the trauma of the Korean War and the division, and gauging the ironic nature of the memorial and commercial tourism derived from the DMZ, the author considers a series of political, ideological, and cultural contradictions surrounding the border, border crossing, and border crossers. Offering a clear overview of the division since the 1950s, she introduces relevant stage plays, feature films, documentary films, and museum exhibitions; presents the DMZ in the context of lingering controversies associated with the Cold War; and ultimately appeals to a wide readership with her approach to border crossing as "a high-stakes performative act with consequences" (p. 7). Interpreting the DMZ as an active stage, each chapter details two relevant case studies: one from the

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 11, 2016

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