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Kwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the AgeLaying Claim to the Memory of May: A Look Back at the 1980 Kwangju UprisingContentious Kwangju: The May 18 Uprising in Korea’s Past and Present

Kwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the AgeLaying Claim to the Memory of May: A... 192 The Joumal of" Korean Studies pr esent ed as any thing but a tactical game. It resul ted in ro lling heads ra ther than a working coalition of na tional left and national center. Another pro blem is the book ·s broa d coverage, a prob lem that most works in the countr y studies tradition share: try ing to discuss too many areas-po li­ tics, theater, cinema, education, econo mics, women's rights, and so for th. Do­ ing so, of course, lim its the author to shal low wa ters. Many areas are touched, but none is treated in depth, and the author fails to employ any theoretical framework deve loped in such areas as fil m studies, lite rat ure , or economics. By default, such holisti c studies tend to be bl oo dless and hard to read, and while Armstrong succeeds in bringing to life a villa ge boy who is struggling with Korean orthography ("I wood lik to get a lot of ejjucashun nex tim" p. 104 ), the political and cu ltural fig ures discussed remain merely names men­ tioned in pa ssing. Armstrong does displa y some nuance in his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Studies Duke University Press

Kwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the AgeLaying Claim to the Memory of May: A Look Back at the 1980 Kwangju UprisingContentious Kwangju: The May 18 Uprising in Korea’s Past and Present

Journal of Korean Studies , Volume 9 (1) – Sep 1, 2004

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Copyright © 2004 by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
ISSN
0731-1613
eISSN
2158-1665
DOI
10.1353/jks.2004.0004
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Abstract

192 The Joumal of" Korean Studies pr esent ed as any thing but a tactical game. It resul ted in ro lling heads ra ther than a working coalition of na tional left and national center. Another pro blem is the book ·s broa d coverage, a prob lem that most works in the countr y studies tradition share: try ing to discuss too many areas-po li­ tics, theater, cinema, education, econo mics, women's rights, and so for th. Do­ ing so, of course, lim its the author to shal low wa ters. Many areas are touched, but none is treated in depth, and the author fails to employ any theoretical framework deve loped in such areas as fil m studies, lite rat ure , or economics. By default, such holisti c studies tend to be bl oo dless and hard to read, and while Armstrong succeeds in bringing to life a villa ge boy who is struggling with Korean orthography ("I wood lik to get a lot of ejjucashun nex tim" p. 104 ), the political and cu ltural fig ures discussed remain merely names men­ tioned in pa ssing. Armstrong does displa y some nuance in his

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Journal of Korean StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2004

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