Wk5 Analysis of Madame Freedom

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Length: the word limit is 500 words total, 2 separate essays combines into 500 words.

Please write about 250 words for Prompt # 1 and 250 words for Prompt # 2.400 – 500 Words, double-spaced. [Please respond to BOTH prompts.]

1. Film to watch(Madame Freedom (자유부인 - Jayu buin) is a 1956 South Korean film)

Prompt: Given the fact that the protagonist Sŏnyŏng’s social freedom and economic independence depends on her work at a Western luxury goods store, discuss her “transformation” in relation to the concepts explained in Cartwright and Sturken’s article such as commodity fetishism, commodity feminism, the rise of consumer culture, and self-improvement. First select 2-3 examples from the film (an example can be a scene, part of plot development, a dialogue etc.) and do a close reading of each example by utilizing the concepts from Cartwright and Sturken’s essay. This prompt is premised upon the connection between her “liberation,” or her transformation from a housewife into a working woman, on the one hand, and various kinds of material goods/commodities (food, clothing etc.) and Western cultural commodities (music, dance, English words etc.), featured in the film as part of the narrative development, on the other hand. You have to have a good understanding of Cartwright and Sturken’s article in order to respond to this prompt. Please make sure you also cite briefly ideas from Cartwright and Sturken.

2.Film to watch (A Flower in Hell (지옥화 – Jiokhwa) is a 1958 South Korean film directed by Shin Sang-ok)

Promp: Mulvey’s article discusses men as active controllers of gaze and women as image, constituting “beinglooked-at-ness” in the Western mainstream films. How do her ideas apply to “Hell Flower” in terms of its portrayal of Korean men in particular? You have to take into account the fact that the masculinity of Korean male characters in the military camp town is compromised or diminished by the presence of the US military and their wealth and dominance. Korean men in this context represent “racialized masculinity” vis-à-vis American servicemen. Analyze Yongshik and Dongshik in terms of their actions, their relationship with women, their behavior, and their gaze, con

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Winter 2019 / LTEA 142 / Short Paper #2 Due: Tuesday, 11:00 PM, Week 5 [Turnitin submission will not be available until 11:00 AM on Tuesday.] Length: 400 – 500 Words, double-spaced. Please submit your papers electronically. [Please respond to BOTH prompts.] 1. Given the fact that the protagonist Sŏnyŏng’s social freedom and economic independence depends on her work at a Western luxury goods store, discuss her “transformation” in relation to the concepts explained in Cartwright and Sturken’s article such as commodity fetishism, commodity feminism, the rise of consumer culture, and self-improvement. First select 2-3 examples from the film (an example can be a scene, part of plot development, a dialogue etc.) and do a close reading of each example by utilizing the concepts from Cartwright and Sturken’s essay. This prompt is premised upon the connection between her “liberation,” or her transformation from a housewife into a working woman, on the one hand, and various kinds of material goods/commodities (food, clothing etc.) and Western cultural commodities (music, dance, English words etc.), featured in the film as part of the narrative development, on the other hand. You have to have a good understanding of Cartwright and Sturken’s article in order to respond to this prompt. Please make sure you also cite briefly ideas from Cartwright and Sturken. 2. Mulvey’s article discusses men as active controllers of gaze and women as image, constituting “beinglooked-at-ness” in the Western mainstream films. How do her ideas apply to “Hell Flower” in terms of its portrayal of Korean men in particular? You have to take into account the fact that the masculinity of Korean male characters in the military camp town is compromised or diminished by the presence of the US military and their wealth and dominance. Korean men in this context represent “racialized masculinity” vis-à-vis American servicemen. Analyze Yongshik and Dongshik in terms of their actions, their relationship with women, their behavior, and their gaze, considering Mulvey’s ideas in the article. Your essay should be an analysis of the film on this particular topic, applying, utilizing, and revising Mulvey’s ideas. Please analyze 2-3 examples from the film (an example can be a scene, part of the plot development, a dialogue etc.). Please make sure you integrate a couple of examples from Mulvey’s article into your analysis. (Cite her by briefly summarizing her ideas, 2-3 sentences, per example.) Mulvey, Laura. “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” Film Theory and Criticism : Introductory Readings. Eds. Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen. New York: Oxford UP, 1999: 833-44. ...
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Analysis of Madame Freedom
At the beginning of the film Madame Freedom, the protagonist Sŏnyŏng appears to be a
submissive and dedicated wife as well as a mother. Her mannerisms show that she respects her
husband such that she asks him for permission to go and work at the Western luxury goods store
as a manager (Korean Classic Film, 2012). She is also considerate about her child's studies as she
helps him with the homework. Gradually, the viewer understands the traditional role of the
woman in the post-war Korean society. Sŏnyŏng's initial reason for getting a job is to support the
husband who works as a professor, but after she accepts the job, she develops a sense of social
freedom and economic independence according to her exposure. In line with Sturken &
Cartwright's (2001) explanation, Sŏnyŏng's desire is manufactured through the sentiments of a
friend who seems to advertise the importance of dancing with another partner rather than the
husband at the music hall. The friend glorifies infidelity and vanity as she explains that she
believes the husband is not loyal to her so she can be unfaithful too. Her neighbor who has a
girlfriend and knows Sŏnyŏng ...

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