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In Sickness and in Love? Autumn in My Heart and the Embodiment of Morality in Korean Television Drama

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2014, v.54 no.4, pp.5-28
https://doi.org/10.25024/kj.2014.54.4.5
Jean-Paul BALDACCHINO (University of Malta)
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Abstract

The modern ideology of romantic love is a prominent theme in Korean television dramas (K-dramas). In this paper, I focus on one particular drama, Autumn in My Heart (2000), and the real life love stories of young Korean women. By examining the moral discourses of love within the drama in conjunction with the personal experiences of my informants (echoing the ways my own informants spoke of their love stories in the context of the dramas), I argue that the melodramatic form that emerges from such a study exposes a certain ambivalent attitude to the ideal of modern romantic love. My informants and the narrative plot of the drama in question articulate an embodied moral discourse that conceives of illness as a moral consequence of romantic love with a consequent detachment of the individual from the moral community of kin.

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romantic love Autumn in My Heart illness K-drama melodrama

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