Gender and Language in Modern Korean Culture (in English)

Postwar modernization and industrialization have brought dramatic changes in Korean society. In spite of remarkable economic growth and rapid social progress, Korean women still struggle with gender inequality. This course explores the relationship between language use and cultural views of womanhood in modern Korea, using phonetics, semantics, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics. By examining actual language use in myths, movies, ads, and popular culture, we explore how sociolinguistic factors shape gender dichotomies, notions of individual identity, and ethnicity. Substantial evidence of linguistic data will be used to clarify the connection between language and gender as we address the challenges faced by women of East Asia.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 20

Prerequisites: None.

Instructor: S. Lee

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered