Rewriting Revolution: Women, Sexuality and Memory in North Korean Fiction by
Call Number: PL957.5.W65 K55 2018
Publication Date: 2018 (Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press)
Immanuel Kim's book offers a more complex portrayal of literature in the North based on writings from the 1960's to the present. In some novels and stories, he finds, the path to becoming a revolutionary hero or heroine is no longer a simple matter of formulaic plot progression; instead it is challenged, disrupted, and questioned by individual desires, decisions, doubts, and imaginations. Fiction in the 1980s in particular exhibits refreshing story lines and deeper character development along with creative approaches to delineating women, sexuality, and the family. These changes are so striking that they have ushered in what Kim calls a Golden Age of North Korean fiction.