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The New Asian CityThree-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form$
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Jini Kim Watson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675722

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675722.001.0001

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The Disappearing Woman, Interiority, and Private Space

The Disappearing Woman, Interiority, and Private Space

(p.133) 4 The Disappearing Woman, Interiority, and Private Space
The New Asian City

Jini Kim Watson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explains the role of the privatized interior in framing the disappearing female subject in works by Kang Sŏk-kyŏng, Su Weizhen, and Su-chen Christine Lim. It explores the textual and spatial production of the postcolonial New Asian City woman who appears at the threshold of public and private spaces. The chapter also emphasizes the asymmetry with Western urban and social forms of modernity, claiming that the shift to new spatial arrangements, such as nuclear families, individual bedrooms, and private spaces, does not produce the same kind of individualized feminist consciousness seen in the earlier industrializing Euro-American context.

Keywords:   Kang Sŏk-kyŏng, Su Weizhen, Su-chen Christine Lim, disappearing female subject, New Asian City, modernity, feminist consciousness

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