Organized Panel Session
This presentation will explore the rationale behind the transformation of sensibilities that can be seen in male perceptions of the female body in 1920s and 30s Japan and Korea, particularly as such perceptions bring about the metamorphic embodiment of the female body as erotic and/or grotesque. Examination of literary texts and visual images from the Japanese magazine Gurotesuku and the Korean magazine Byeolgeongon (can be translated as either The Nonsensical World or The Other World) will demonstrate some of the ways in which male writers and artists developed the transformations of sensibilities through the amalgamation of discursive/visual senses that are accentuated in works by the Japanese and Korean avant-gardes. This presentation will employ a phenomenological assessment of perception and the senses in order to reflect upon this process. In essence, perception and the sense of subjectivity are the means by which an object and/or phenomenon are cognized as an embodied existence. This embodied existence of an object and/or phenomenon is the manifestation of one’s empirical knowledge, bodily experiences, and the logic of the operation of the world and consequently constructs the ways in which one inhabits reality and the facticity of the world. By examining erotic and grotesque texts and images of the female body as depicted by publishers and artists (most of whom are men) from two magazines, this presentation will consider how men determine to position themselves as perceiving subjects in regard to the female body within the colonizer/colonized framework of the interwar period.