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Karen Bray and Stephen D. Moore

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823285679

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823285679.001.0001

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Affective Politics of the Unending Korean War: Remembering and Resistance

Affective Politics of the Unending Korean War: Remembering and Resistance

(p.85) Affective Politics of the Unending Korean War: Remembering and Resistance
Religion, Emotion, Sensation

Wonhee Anne Joh

Fordham University Press

This essay treads the routes and traces the roots of dispossession created by the Korean War. Framing it not as the “forgotten war” but rather as the “unending war,” the essay renounces individualized theories of trauma and witnesses to the complex spatiotemporal pulls of transgenerational terror. Through contemporary acts of collective mourning, the essay, which is also an exercise in critical Christian theology, reopens the wounds of the cross to register collective rage, grief, and unending mourning as counters to US imperialism. In making a postcolonial turn to affect, the essay confronts elisions in affect theory and assumes a posture of critical melancholia as an intersubjective act of mourning of and resistance to historical trauma.

Keywords:   affect theory, affective trauma theory, DMZ (demilitarized zone), Korean War, postcolonial theory

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