Essays

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.

Brave Dissenters and the Silent Majority: Lankov, Yurchak, and the Fading USSR

By | September 20, 2013

Professor Andrei Lankov returns with native insight into the slow, steady decline of Brezhnev’s USSR, set against the backdrop of a 2005 book by Alexei Yurchak, “Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More.”

The Sincheon Massacre: Historical Fact and Historical Revision

By | September 17, 2013

In a comprehensive new guest post, French student Patrick Tapy takes an insightful look at the evidence surrounding one of the most controversial events of the Korean War: the killings at Sincheon in South Hwanghae Province during late 1950.

“Still Quite Fun To Read:” An Introduction to North Korean Children’s Literature

By | September 17, 2013

Drawing from his own research on contemporary conceptions and experiences of childhood in North Korea, Christopher Richardson paints a primer on the content and significance of children’s literature in the DPRK.