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The Korean War played a crucial role in shaping not only the two Koreas but Northeast Asia as it exists today. In America, the Korean War laid the ground for foreign policy in the latter half of the twentieth century. For all its importance, however, the Korean War is still known commonly as “the forgotten war” in the US. Why is it important for us, here in America in the twenty-first century, to “un-forget” the forgotten war? This module will focus on representations of the Korean War in fiction and film drawn primarily from Korea and the U.S., as well as historical sources that contextualize the Korean War across comparative horizons. The larger aim is to trace historical and aesthetic connections that situate the Korean War within narratives that extend far beyond the boundaries of the nation and the immediate war years.

  1. Whose War and Why?
  2. The Division System in Perspective
  3. How to End an Unending War

Created by Youngju Ryu.