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Cinematic South Korea


Seoul, South Korea Busan, South Korea Summer II, 2019

a cluster of colorful, bright neon signs at night in seoul, south korea


Studies the similarities and differences between literary texts and film versions of those texts or the interrelations between film and literature as a means of cultural expression in a specific country outside the United States.

Offers writing instruction for students interested in interdisciplinary study or who wish to explore multiple disciplines. Students practice and reflect on writing in professional, public, and academic genres relevant to their individual experiences and goals. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and to develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision.

In Summer 2, 2019, Somy Kim and Melissa Pearson offered “Cinematic South Korea,” a dialogue that highlights interdisciplinary work, visual culture, and cross-cultural engagement.

From the instructors:

By visiting movie theatres and film archives, along with historic sites, students will explore the ways that Korea as a place and culture has been imagined in the eyes of those who have written, screened, and represented it. Students will have the opportunity to explore both cross-cultural understanding through analyzing Korean cinema, along with developing interdisciplinary writing through their engagements with fellow Northeastern colleagues from diverse disciplines.

Students will not only visit historical sites like the royal palaces, Buddhist temples, and the DMZ, but they will engage in everyday practices like living in Seoul, eating at local Korean spots, and watching movies in local theatres. We will also take a trip down south to the beach city, Busan.