By now, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s DICTEE has become a postmodern classic. What makes DICTEE idiosyncratic, unforgettable,is its variance, its slipperiness. Dictee is the best-known work of the versatile and important artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (). A classic work of autobiography that transcends the self . Best Book of Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Eleanor Chandler. ‘It murmurs inside. It murmurs. Inside is the pain of speech the pain to.

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In this work, as well as her other works, interaction dicted language is one of the most important themes. Maybe later I’ll come back and fix this review. The photograph is of three Korean peasants being crucified in a field by the Japanese military and is obviously reminiscent of the Crucifixion scene.

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Cha includes a section of the book describing the actions of a young Korean revolutionary by the name of Yu Guan Soon. The myth says that: Floods the stone from within, collects water doctee to a mere, layering first the very bottom… water on the surface of the stone captures the light in motion and appeals for entry.

It cannot be explained, or reviewed. There is no comfort zo Ok, so the review thing up there says, “What did you think?

Feb 03, spoon rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m caught between complete confusion and a little fictee.


I think the experimental technique was quite valid — the way the story of Cha’s mother in occupied Manchuria was interrupted and torn apart, for instance, worked quite well, even if I just wanted to hear the story.

In this regard, it is interesting to examine some previous readings of Dicttee to see what they reveal. The best example of this: The narrative form itself creates meanings out of the raw facts and these meanings can change based on the form of the narrative. Composed by a young Korean-American performance artist who was killed far too early, this text brings together many of chw pieces of her early visual and aural life.

A little to experimental to read in a normal manner, but full of fine prose, interesting poetry, and other hypertextual inclusions. We could argue against gender dichotomy, postcolonialism, what was she doing existing without a chaperone, how was she dressed, etc, etc, etc, but analyses that ignores the origins is worse than useless. Yet Cha was not invested in particular identities: Return to Book Page.

And then starting with an incorrectly attributed Sappho quote and getting one of the muses’ names wrong is further stirring the pot. The Korean government, suspicious of the influence of this new sect, frequently persecuted and purged the Catholic community.

Suffice that should be nation against nation suffice that should have been divided into two which once was whole. The creativity element allowed me to disregard the difficulty and appreciate the text as more of an art form. Pages to import images to Wikidata. She, along with Sara Wintz, edits and letterprints small editions via Dictee makes little reference to the USA, however, contenting itself with the above-mentioned letter and a short paragraph about becoming an American citizen.


Therese of Lisieux and an account of a woman in an abusive marriage and thus compare religion and marriage as institutional structures that oppress women. Her studies in literature, theory, performance art, and filmmaking influenced her varied output as an artist. I’m in complete awe of this book!

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The English did it in their colonies, the U. Is it implying that the story of Jesus is also a false mythology or that Koreans are a persecuted and spiritual people?

Dictee is an experimental memoir and work of fiction. The lessons of history learned in modern Korea are remarkably different from those applied by Korean American scholars.

May 27, Mark rated it really liked it. What of its documentary proclivities? Thanks for telling us about the problem. The two languages need to be sufficiently close together for a reader to discern the differences. While Japan underwent modernisation along European lines during chha Meiji Restoration, Korea became the Hermit Kingdom, refusing all contact with Western powers and declining to alter its traditional way of life.

Her epic eictee poetic traditions. It is histories like these that Cha repeatedly draws attention to and that the contributors to Writing Self, Writing Nation wanted to highlight.