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Fantasy and Punishment: A Study on Modern Koreans' Shanghai Travel Notes by Centering on the Writings about Women

Cui Changle, Chen Huayan

During Japanese colonization of Korea, Korean intellectuals in Shanghai wrote lots of travel notes, including a large number of woman writings. From the perspectives of sexuality, love and women’s social roles, this paper aims at analyzing how Koreans established their views on women in the typical modern environment of Shanghai concession. Moreover, it also centers on revealing that people’s desires and the objectification of women were brought about by modern material civilization as well as longings for exotic cultures. Additionally, this paper further focuses on recovering the diversified modernization in East Asia by reflecting Korean intellectuals’ polarized expectation for women as well as the division and alienation of their modern cognition.