All In Good Storytime

category: Literature

Page Sixteen--The Resistant Spirit


In the 16th episode of All in Good Storytime, we begin reading Human Acts by Han Kang as translated by Deborah Smith. We begin by explaining the historical background of the Gwangju uprising. In these sections we are introduced to Dong-ho, and then his best friend Jeong-dae. We experience the violence of the uprising through flashbacks and slowly learn how Dong-ho ended up in being in charge of the growing number of unclaimed corpses being stored in their town's gym. Later, the story is told from the perspective of Jeong-dae, who was among the first to die. We continue by discussing the use of the second person point of view in the first chapter as an immersive technique to bridge the boundary between the historical and the emotional. We end by explaining our reactions to the differing descriptions and treatment of bodies in the two chapters.


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