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Imperatives of CultureSelected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era$
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Christopher P. Hanscom, Walter K. Lew, and Youngju Ryu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838218

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838218.001.0001

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Introduction and Translation by Youngju Ryu

Introduction and Translation by Youngju Ryu

Chapter 10 Introduction and Translation by Youngju Ryu
Imperatives of Culture

Kim Namch’ŏn

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the account of Kim Namchʻŏn, a literary critic and fiction writer best known for his active involvement in the KAPF (Korea Artista Proleta Federacio; Chosŏn Pʻŭrolletʻaria Yesul Tongmaeng). In the span of some twenty years between his first published essay on the bolshevization of cinema (1930) and his last fictional work detailing the experiences of a North Korean soldier, Kim produced nearly fifty works of fiction, several plays,and numerous articles of literary and criticism. Kim led a life that closely paralleled the vicissitudes of political power in colonial and post-liberation Korea—he had been tried twice by the colonial government for his activities relating to the proletarian literary movement but was ultimately purged in postwar North Korea.

Keywords:   Kim Namchʻŏn, KAPF, cinema, North Korea

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