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Sino-NK 2013 Rewind: North Korean Literature at Masik Speed

By | December 20, 2013

Benoit Berthelier examines North Korean cultural production from the “inside,” revealing literary outputs determinedly in step with current manifestations of the urgent–and of Kim Jong-un himself.

Benoit Symposium: From Pyongyang to Mars: Sci-fi, Genre, and Literary Value in North Korea

By | September 25, 2013

History and the past are subjects close to North Korea’s institutional and cultural heart, but what about cultural expressions of the potential future. In this essay, Benoit Berthelier explores the science fiction output of Pyongyang.

Benoit Symposium: Practice and Praxis of Cultural Production in North Korea: A Virtual Symposium on Production, Authorship, and Tone

By | September 25, 2013

A scholar at INALCO (Institute National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) in Paris, Benoit Berthelier has joined Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters to co-edit an expansive virtual symposium on aesthetic and cultural production in North Korea. To start things off, Berthelier offers an opening salvo in what promises to be a splendid ride.

Symbolic Truth: Epic, Legends, and the Making of the Baekdusan Generals

By | May 17, 2013

Yonsei University PhD candidate Benoit Berthelier shows that myth in the DPRK not only elevates the position of the three Kim leaders in succession, but implicates individual Koreans into the myth and binds them closer with every retelling.