Charisma in a watery frame: North Korean narrative topographies and the Tumen River

Winstanley-Chesters, R (2016) 'Charisma in a watery frame: North Korean narrative topographies and the Tumen River.' Asian Perspective, 40 (3). pp. 393-414. ISSN 2288-2871

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1353/apr.2016.0018

Abstract

In this article, I address North Korea both in its latent stage and the reframing of its early political narratives to support the function and authority of its current government. These narratives of nationalistic and political struggle expand across geographic boundaries and are also bound by them—hence my focus on the Tumen River. Secondarily, I consider the reframing of riverine spaces within the terrain of Pyongyang’s contemporary politics, and recent examples of reenactment for commemorative purposes of historically and politically important crossings of North Korea’s northern rivers. Together, these analytic elements suggest the key position of rivers in both the bounding and unbounding of North Korean history, politics, ideology, and nationhood.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1353/apr.2016.0018
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 17:22
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 17:22
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