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READING LOLITA IN PYONGYANG

3 May

READING LOLITA IN PYONGYANG

Date: Friday, April 30, 2010
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Sublevel, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, UC Berkeley.

Description

In a post-Kim dynasty North Korea what will the sensitive, artistically inclined Hyok Kangs of that world gravitate to, in terms of the arts and literature? Many Westerners have speculated George Orwell’s 1984 or Animal Farm as the inevitable, future North Korean bestsellers that will strike a chord and light the long-awaited fire of inspiration that will prompt a flood of post-totalitarian memoirs and artistic activities. Though I have no doubt about a future translated North Korean edition of 1984, I have my doubts about its overarching success and artistic dominance in the East Asian peninsula.

When this subject matter was presented to me last fall, what I immediately thought of was Nabokov’s Lolita and Azar Nafisi’s memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran (2004). This impromptu workshop will entertain additional supplementary texts and other creative possibilities.

This is the second of three talks that will make up a 150 page text on The Becoming Resurrection (presented at the beaubourg, May 22).

This event is free but capacity is limited.

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