"Webtoons and Affective Male Audiences in Digital Korea"

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The Korean Studies Research Network and International Programs will present a virtual lecture by guest speaker Dr. Jahyon Park entitled "Webtoons and Affective Male Audiences in Digital Korea" on Thursday, Oct. 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. (CDT), via Zoom


In her talk, Dr. Park will shed new light on the rise of affective male audiences in the Korean digital media context and its relationship to changing modes of masculinity. Focusing on the reception of a new cultural form of web-based cartoons known as webtoons, Dr. Park analyzes the way the taetkŭl, or “comments,” feature of webtoons create communities of male audiences and encourages them to develop their emotional responses. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jahyon Park is a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary Korean media, cinema, and online literature. She received her PhD from the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University. Her research focuses on the representation and reception of gender images and minorities in contemporary Korean media, particularly focusing on the reception of new media webtoons and their transmedia content to complicate genre logic and reception theory. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Webtoons and Masculinity: Melodrama and Sympathetic Imagination in Contemporary Korean Digital Media, for publication. 

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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