[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Maria Luisa Torres Reyes

Department of English [LS] english.soh at ateneo.edu
Wed Oct 12 14:29:58 PHT 2016


Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary,
and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila
University, in partnership with the Ateneo Korean Studies Program, the
National Library of Korea and the Korean Cultural Center in the
Philippines, will host a lecture by Maria Luisa Torres Reyes
titled “Refunctioning a Classical Genre: *Han *in *Punch.*” The lecture is
part of the Window on Korea Cultural Event on Oct. 13, 2016. Dr. Reyes’s
lecture is from 1:15 p.m. to 1:40 p.m., at Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de
Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

Reyes’s abstract reads: “The topic of the lecture is the first part of a
larger project which suggests that in the process of refunctioning,
non-Western texts like *Punch *(a Korean sleeper hit in 2011) disrupts the
developmental and integrative logic of the *Bildungsroman *(novel of
formation, novel of education, or coming-of-age story) which resonates with
the trajectory of the multicultural project of monocultural South Korea
today. In particular, the lecture focuses on how forms, even those
traditionally called ‘universal’ and ‘generic’ in the West like the
*Bildungsroman* are at once ‘local,’ and ‘specific’—that is to say,
culturally, socially, and historically situated, of which the ‘form’ or
‘genre’ itself is a material inscription and iteration. In *Punch,
Bildungsroman* becomes a site of negotiation between ‘universal’ genre and
‘local’ affect in which the structure, as a function of the film’s
narrative economy, is underpinned by the Korean *han*—a kind of ethos which
is historically associated with a gamut of ‘emotions’ including a deep and
dark sorrow, spite rancor, regret, resentment, grief, utmost suffering,
injustice or persecution that quietly longs for affection, harmony or
resolution (*jeong*). While the classical Western *Bildungsroman* generally
follows a ‘classical’ plot tracing the formation of the individual
‘realistically’ through the protagonist's journey, *Punch* follows an
‘affective’ logic in what may be referred to as a ‘han narrative’ which is
neither pure form nor pure content—an episodic sequence of scenes which
dramatize individual and collective *hans* within the *han* structure. As
in the case of *Punch*, a classical genre from the West is reworked and
transformed through a dynamic tension of complex fields of forces in the
process of refunctioning through generic transcoding of porous
translocalities, which the next part of the project hopes to establish.”

Maria Luisa Torres Reyes is Full Professor at the Ateneo de Manila
University where she is currently Research Fellow. She is a scholar,
critic, translator, creative writer, founding editor and Editor Emeritus of
Kritika Kultura. She is the author of the book of literary criticism on the
first socialist novel in Asia, *Banaag at Sikat* by Lope K. Santos which
traces 100 years of its reception, which won the best in literary criticism
awarded by the National Book Award in 2011. She is also the author of other
books, among which are her collection of published poems, *Sipat Salin*,
which were translated in various foreign and local languages (2012), and a
translation of *The February Revolution* by Letizia R. Constantino/Renato
Constantino, which won the Manila Critics Circle Award in 1987. Her
scholarly interests include the dynamics of engagement and development of
critical categories from the West and their deployment in non-Western
contexts, especially in Asia. In this regard, she has been published
internationally for her exploration of the ways the theories of Bertolt
Brecht, a major theatre theoretician and practitioner, have been
refunctioned in the Philippines.
Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American
Studies libraries and scholars networks, and indexed in the MLA
International Bibliography, Thomson Reuters (ISI), Scopus, EBSCO, and the
Directory of Open Access Journals. For inquiries about submission
guidelines and future events, visit http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/kk/ or
email kk.soh at ateneo.edu.

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