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Andrew Killick

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832902

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832902.001.0001

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Ch’anggŭk in Colonial Korea

Ch’anggŭk in Colonial Korea

(p.73) Chapter Three Ch’anggŭk in Colonial Korea
In Search of Korean Traditional Opera

Andrew Killick

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter deals with ch'angguk under Japanese colonial rule (1910–1945), highlighting a major development in the mid-1930s that established the main features of the genre as it is known today. That such a development should occur in the midst of the colonial period raises perplexing questions in the postcolonial era, both for ch'angguk artists eager to establish a “traditional” Korean opera free from colonial taints and for nationalist historians inclined to view the indigenous performing arts as having been uniformly suppressed by the colonial regime. Drawing on insights from postcolonial theory, the chapter considers the colonial component of ch'angguk's ancestry in the controversial context of Japan's colonial legacy more generally.

Keywords:   ch'angguk, Korean opera, Korea, Japanese colonial rule, Japan, postcolonial theory

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