Silenced Voices: Alienation and Victimization of Women Depicted in Han Kang’s ‘The Vegetarian’ and Kyung-Sook’s ‘Shin Violets’ (70311)

Session Information: Cultural Studies
Session Chair: Sanaa Benmessaoud

Monday, 22 May 2023 12:25
Session: Session 1
Room: Room B (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Alienation is the most fundamental kind of loneliness and isolation, and it has been the topic of numerous psychological, social, literary, and philosophical research. In both internal and extrinsic meanings, alienation occurs as a natural result of an existential crisis. The issue of alienation has been addressed often and unflinchingly in modern literature. Korean literature could not be unaffected by it because of its socio-cultural reasons. The alienated protagonist frequently appears in twentieth-century Korean fiction. There have been significant attempts to depict modern women's bewilderment, dissatisfaction, alienation, disintegration, and estrangement. It will be summarized with references to the works of notable writers Han Kang and Kyung- Sook Shin. The characters are anomalies in their society, owing to certain flaws in themselves or to societal injustices. The novelist is more concerned with depicting an isolated individual's situation and expressing sympathy for them and disdain for society than in making philosophical judgements. The novelist describes how women are subjected to sexual abuse, pain, and estrangement through their novels The Vegetarian and Violets. This study attempts to demonstrate how the author, via the lens of these Korean novels, throws crucial light on questions of female identity and sexuality. In this context, the article will seek to analyze the writer's depictions of sexual assault against women, their suffering, and their experience of being alienated from the 'self'-body as a result.

Keziah Priyanka F, Christ (Deemed to Be University), India
Sharon J, Christ (Deemed to Be University), India

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Keziah Priyanka is currently a doctoral student at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India. Her specialization areas include Feminism and Trauma studies in African literature and East Asian Literature.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00