The Downfall of a Model Citizen? Family Background in North Korean Graphic Novels

Petersen, Martin
January 2012
Korean Studies;2012, Vol. 36, p83
Academic Journal
This article examines what recent North Korean graphic novels published by the Kumsong Youth Publishing House tell readers about the issues of good and problematic family backgrounds. Focusing on the meaning of family background in the construction of graphic novel heroes, antagonists, and those in between, I explore the motivations and intentions of characters and plots, as well as the larger question of the social function of the graphic novel medium in North Korea. These problems are addressed through close readings of (2004) The True Identity of Pear Blossom and (2008-2009), with additional reference to other graphic Guard the Cradle novels from the Kumsong Youth Publishing House that deal with the family back- ground theme.


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