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Title: Can Transnational Hybrid Films Overcome Western Hegemony?: Bong Joon-ho’s Literalization of Transnational Space in Snowpiercer
Authors: Kim, Agisae
Advisors: Huang, Erin
Contributors: Alliston, April
Department: Comparative Literature
Class Year: 2015
Abstract: Using Bong Joon-ho’s English debut film Snowpiercer, the paper examines the fundamental concepts of transnationalism in understanding globalization of Korean cinema and its genre hybrid films. It investigates whether Korean hybrid films can create a transnational space that is free from western dominance. Snowpiercer reconfigures and transgresses the existing conceptual boundaries of transnationalism. Through ‘literalization’ of a transnational space using train that crosses space and time, Bong demonstrates genre hybrid film’s potential to generate a transnational space that is not only culturally viable but also “globally dominant.” However, Western hegemony remained in Bong’s transnational space reveals the inevitable limitation of Hollywood genre adoption strategy: as long as Korean cinema stays dependent on commercial benefits of Hollywood genre, the complete rejection of Western dominance is fundamentally impossible.
Extent: 74 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Comparative Literature, 1975-2020

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