women’s ambitions and obstacles

• Chicago Manual of Style format is required
• You must have footnotes as needed as well as a Works Cited section.
• Your essay must tie together your answers to the separate questions within each prompt into a coherent, organized essay based on a central argument and analysis supported by your discussion of the films and readings
• Be sure to refer to specific characters, lines, and scenes from the selected films as well as pertinent secondary sources (outside research is permitted)
• You do not need to write the whole synopses of the films
• Please make sure you have watched the films AND read the readings I uploaded before completing the essay. (otherwise requesting revision will waste the time of both of us)

Select two films from the four films listed below. Discuss what the key female characters want out of their lives. How do they push the boundaries of what seems socially acceptable in their individual situation? What message do the films convey about women’s ambitions and obstacles?
• Kilsotteumhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_by9vE3trI8
• The Marriage Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYsXymLXasY
• Take Care of My Cat (Koyangirŭlput’akhae, 2001, Jeong Jae-eun)
• My Sassy Girl (Yŏpkichŏginkŭnyŏ, 2001, Kwak Jae-young)

Readings: (I suggest you usethe request readings listed below as sources. While other outside sources are also permitted.)
• Oh Young Suk, “Gilsotteum: Pioneer Film-making in the Narrative of Familial Separation and National Division in Korea,” in Korean Film Archive, ed., Women on Screen: Understanding Korean Society and Women through Films (Seoul: Korean Film Archive, 2012), 195-219
• Recommended: James A. Foley, Korea’s Divided Families: Fifty Years of Separation (New York: Routledge, 2009), 91-116.
• So-Hee Lee, “The Concept of Female Sexuality in Korean Popular Culture,” in Laurel Kendall, ed. Under Construction: The Gendering of Modernity, Class, and Consumption in the Republic of Korea (University of Hawai’i Press, 2002) 141-164
• Brian Yecies and Aegyung Shim, “The Rise of the New Corporate Female Producers,” in The Changing Face of Korean Cinema 1960-2015 (New York: Routledge, 2016), 157- 181
• Chi-Yun Shin, “Two of a Kind: Gender and Friendship in Friend and Take Care of My Cat,” in Chi-Yun Shin and Julian Stringer, eds., New Korean Cinema (New York: New York University Press, 2005) 117-131
• Jinhee Choi, “I’m Not a Girl, Yet Not a Woman: Contemporary Korean Romance Films,” in The South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmakers, Global Provacateurs (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2010) 85-115

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