K-Drama Feuilleton

By Maksu and Celi

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Michael
 Jul 10, 2021
great Show

Kevser
 Jul 10, 2021
great podcast! funny & witty! absolutely recommended 💙

Description

Two friends casually discuss and review K-Dramas from a leftie politics and historical-societal perspective. Max is a current PhDer in Korean Studies, while Celi holds a Master's in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. They met during a field trip to St Petersburg during their history undergrad and immediately bonded over their shared interest in all things Korean and all things history. There will be much laughter and banter, some legit stanning and swooning over all the gorgeous actors and of course some serious historical, political, societal, and fashion analysis by both of them. Some episodes will feature special guests ranging from music experts giving some analysis on OST and fashion specialists to Marxist economists penetrating through the swoony superstructure. Everything will be addressed and everything will be rooted in a shared and steadfast love for K-Dramas.

Episode Date
FIRST SEASON FINALEEEEE/So Long And Thanks For All The Drama
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In this final episode of season 1 Celi and Maksu reminisce about the past year and all the dramas they've watched.  Also in this episode: WWCW and a sneak preview of what you can expect in season two, which will start airing in October!

Enjoy everyone and have a great summer (filled with kdramas and ice cream obsvly) !!


Jul 24, 2022
PART 2 SKYCASTLE / Indeed We All Lie
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PART 2

In this episode we are discussing the 2018/19 K-Drama classic Skycastle. Interestingly enough, recent discussions in Korean politics and media focus on the education sector once again, as one politician bribed professors to help his child publish an academic paper that would get her into a good university. One journalist is even using Skycastle as a reference, which highlights the big impact this drama had. In our analysis we focus on the different characters in the ‘castle’ and the education system in Korea but also more in general. Delve into the fascinating world of Skycastle with us. 

Enjoy everyone! 

Shownotes

Shows / Movies
- High Society (movie, 2018)
- Reply 1988 (drama, 2016)

Books / Articles 
- Pierre Bourdieu (1986): Forms of Capital.

- 천정환 (2019): 드라마 스카이캐슬과 신재민 사건에 나타난 학벌계급가족. 역사비평, 423-450. http://www.dbpia.co.kr/journal/articleDetail?nodeId=NODE07617343

- Yim Yeonsu (2022) ‘Fake geniuses’ highlight S. Korean elite’s obsession with top schools
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220512000619

Jun 09, 2022
PART 1 SKYCASTLE / Indeed We All Lie
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PART 1

 

In this episode we are discussing the 2018/19 K-Drama classic Skycastle. Interestingly enough, recent discussions in Korean politics and media focus on the education sector once again, as one politician bribed professors to help his child publish an academic paper that would get her into a good university. One journalist is even using Skycastle as a reference, which highlights the big impact this drama had. In our analysis we focus on the different characters in the ‘castle’ and the education system in Korea but also more in general. Delve into the fascinating world of Skycastle with us. 

 

Enjoy everyone! 

 

Shownotes

Pierre Bourdieu (1986): Forms of Capital.

천정환 (2019): 드라마 스카이캐슬과 신재민 사건에 나타난 학벌계급가족. 역사비평, 423-450. http://www.dbpia.co.kr/journal/articleDetail?nodeId=NODE07617343

Yim Yeonsu (2022) ‘Fake geniuses’ highlight S. Korean elite’s obsession with top schools

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220512000619



May 26, 2022
TOMORROW/On Love Triangles With Ghosts And The Chaebol After Life
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CW/TW: Suicide/Death/Depression

In this episode Celi and Maksu are back discussing the representation of after life and supernatural beings in Korean dramas, such as Hotel del Luna, Tomorrow, Uncanny Counter, and Goblin/The Guardian Great And Lonely God. 

They are pondering over how the after life often seems to be represented as a cooperation or bureaucracy that deals with the fates of souls just like any other product is dealt with here on earth. We also touch upon some philosophical ideas behind concepts of life and death and morality. 

Enjoy everyone! 

May 12, 2022
BUSINESS PROPOSAL/Our Good Capitalist Chaebol
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In this episode Céli and Maksu share their thoughts on the recent drama 'Business Proposal' with some discussion on Chaebol and capitalist life style, as well as a possible alternative story lines. Enjoy everyone!

Note: This episode was recorded in a public park with both hosts finally being in one place, so please excuse all the background noises. 

Dramas / Shows mentioned
What's wrong with Secretary Kim?

Apr 29, 2022
PART 1 GWINONG/On Representation Of Women In The Korean Countryside
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PART 1 

In this episode our fabulous guest Snigdha shares parts of her recent research on representation of gwinong / gwichon women and marriage migrant women in the countryside. While many recent shows feature the gwinong women’s return to the countryside in search for a new life and self-fulfillment away from the city, the marriage migrants are largely underrepresented and stereotyped in Korean drama. We mostly discuss the movie ‘Little Forest’’ and the drama ‘Heaven’s Garden’, but many other, (more) recent dramas are mentioned and connections to our former episodes are made for example Hometown ChaChaCha, Squid Game and It’s Okay not to be Okay. 
Enjoy everyone!

Dramas / movies mentioned 

Little Forest
Heaven’s Garden
Where the Camelia Blooms
Namchon Over the Mountain
Hometown ChaChaCha
Squid Game 
It’s Okay not to be Okay

Mar 31, 2022
PART 2 GWINONG/On Representation Of Women In The Korean Countryside
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PART 2

In this episode our fabulous guest Snigdha shares parts of her recent research on representation of gwinong / gwichon women and marriage migrant women in the countryside. While many recent shows feature the gwinong women’s return to the countryside in search for a new life and self-fulfillment away from the city, the marriage migrants are largely underrepresented and stereotyped in Korean drama. We mostly discuss the movie ‘Little Forest’’ and the drama ‘Heaven’s Garden’, but many other, (more) recent dramas are mentioned and connections to our former episodes are made for example Hometown ChaChaCha, Squid Game and It’s Okay not to be Okay. 
Enjoy everyone !

Dramas / movies mentioned 

Little Forest
Heaven’s Garden
Where the Camelia Blooms
Namchon Over the Mountain
Hometown ChaChaCha
Squid Game 
It’s Okay not to be Okay

Mar 31, 2022
LOVE AND LEASHES/Let's Talk About Sex Baby (Aaaand Politics...)!
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TW/CW: Abuse, Rape, Sexual Violence

In this episode it's aaaalll about sex and power and politics and BDSM and Michel Foucault and Silvia Federici and witches and capitalism and soooo many other things! 
Celi and Maksu are discussing the very hot BDSM romantic comedy "Love and Leashes" and are discussing the political significance of sex in a "Western" and also Korean context. 
Now get your whips ready, you're in for a ride...
Enjoy everyone!

Books: 
Silvia Federici: Caliban and the Witch (MUST READ)

PS: this is definitely an "explicit" episode

Mar 17, 2022
DREAM HIGH/On Giraffes and Kim Soo Hyun's 3-Step-Evolution
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TW: Abuse and Rape 

Firstly let me apologise for being a day late but yesterday, just as I was about to upload this episode, any podcasters worst nightmare happened and everything suddenly got deleted and hours of editing work just disappeared into the ether. After the breakdown that ensued I needed a small break from editing. But thanks to all your support and compassion I managed to edit everything again and so here it is our episode for this week where  Maksu and I are taking a break from all the shiny new kdrama productions and give some well deserved love to a k-drama classic, namely: DREAM HIGH! 

Maksu and I try and (let’s be honest fail) to give a concise overview of the plot and all characters involved, which is to be fair quite an impossible endeavour. Beyond that we discuss problematic power dynamics that are prone to abuse in the creative industries, we discuss activism around body image and Kim Soo Hyun's 3-Step-Evolution in the drama.

Finally there's a small rant on Prussian cultural imperialism and dialects by me, because why not…

Enjoy everyone! 

Mar 04, 2022
✨HallyuReviewsSpecial✨/The Having-Met-Your-Love-As-A-Child-Already-Possibly-In-A-Traumatic-Context-Trope
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K-DRAMA FEUILLETON PODCAST X HALLYUREVIEWS

SPECIAL COLLABORATION

We are so psyched about this episode because it’s a special collaboration with Lina from (you guessed it right!!) HallyuReviews, the coolest blog around, bringing you all the goss and updates on all things K. 

https://hallyureviews.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @hallyurev

In this special collaboration episode Lina, Maksu and I are discussing a very common K-drama trope, namely the “met-your-true-love-as-a-child” trope. Have you ever felt a sense of despair realising that your life partner wasn’t among your childhood friends after watching a k-drama? If so you’ve come to the right place and also you’re not alone… 

You can look forward to lots of banter around the childhood trope and Maksu’s Freudian analysis of it.

Let’s dive right in shall we? Enjoy everyone! 

Shows mentioned:

Hometown Chachacha

City Hunter

You Are Beautiful

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim

The Heirs

The Reply Series

My Love From The Star

Legend Of The Blue Sea

Chicago Typewriter

Goblin

Tale Of The Nine-Tailed

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo

Doom At Your Service

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

Beautiful Life Wonderful Life

Lovely Writer 

Feb 17, 2022
OUR BELOVED SUMMER/Our Traumatic Twenties...
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In this episode Maksu and Celi review the newest K-Drama "Our Beloved Summer". You can look forward to discussions about what it means to go and grow through your twenties, evolving relationships, and yet again maany many coats (and sweaters this time as well...)

Enjoy everyone!

Feb 03, 2022
WAEGUKIN/Tales Of A Foreign Actor In Korea
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First things first: 


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! 


We’re so happy to be back with our very first episode of 2022 and boooy it’s a good one!

Have you ever wondered how it would feel like to be an actor* in South Korea?
Well we certainly have (!) and in this episode we (and you) get to find out everything about it!

We had the absolute pleasure talking to Pillip, who, not only speaks perfect Korean (what a star), but also was already on Korean TV and acted in not one, but two theatre plays during his time in Korea. This being THE K-drama Feuilleton Podcast, of course you can expect much critical discussion on the topic of how waegukin/foreigners are portrayed in Korean productions and what this tells us about identity and stereotypes, even Slavoj Žižek gets a mention (cause why not?!).

In any case we hope you enjoy this episode, do get in touch with any comments, questions or critique (always)! You know where to find us (twitter, facebook, email)...

Lots of K-Drama love and solidarity to you all!

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Link to a trailer of Pillips theatre play:

https://youtu.be/BVaJhQwc9Yw

Links to two badass articles that Maksu is talking about (on Multi-Culturalism in TV Productions and the re-Articulation of the Korean self):

https://www.kci.go.kr/kciportal/ci/sereArticleSearch/ciSereArtiView.kci?sereArticleSearchBean.artiId=ART002114281

https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/eapc/2020/00000006/00000002/art00008;jsessionid=90bo5sq49norf.x-ic-live-02

Link to the youtube channel that Pillip hypes:

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCL_8O4S2CTAOTo7a_KAbJAg


Jan 20, 2022
HELLBOUND/If You Thought Covid Was Bad...
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In this episode Maksu and Celi discuss the very controversial Netflix production HELLBOUND. 
You can look foward to lots of philosophical banter about free will, fear and cults. 
But of course not without swooning over Yoo Ah-In. 

Enjoy everyone!

Dec 09, 2021
KINGS AFFECTION/Gender Banter With Judith
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In this episode Celi and Maksu are discussing the current hit drama "Kings Affection".
In addition to reviewing the drama as per usual (yes including the category in which Maksu is ranting about what anachronisms you can find in this historical drama - you guessed right: it's football yet again) they'll also be focusing on Judith Butler's theory of gender performativity and HOW AMAZINGLY QUEER THIS DRAMA IS!
Of course there will also be much of the obligatory swooning and nerdy references. 

Until 15:00 banter on ancient languages 
from 16:00 synopsis of the plot and intro to the drama (banter ensues)
from 36:00 Judith Butler and the theory of gender performativity

Enjoy everyone!

Show notes: 
Film: Laurence Anyways!

Books: Judith Butler, Gender Trouble (1990)/Bodies That Matter (1993)

Authors: Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Foucault

Dramas: Secret Garden, To the Beautiful You, You Are Beautiful, Coffee Prince,  Inspector Koo

Nov 25, 2021
SQUID GAME/James On Why You Should Never P*** Off A Capitalist
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WE'RE BACK!
We apologise for the longer break but we're back with our long-awaited first ever GUEST EPISODE. And we're talking about Squid Game! If you were wondering what Marx and Lancan have to do with Squid Game then you're in the right place. Maksu and I have had the pleasure to talk through the global phenomenon of Squid Game with our resident Marx expert: James! 
Let us know how you liked the episode, lots of k-drama love and stay critical,

Celi and Maksu

Nov 11, 2021
HALLOWEEEEEN SPECIAL TRAILER/It's worth the wait!
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We don't have an episode for you this week, as we are gearing up for our extraordinary HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, which you can expect next Thursday, 28 October 2021. It's definitely worth the wait, we promise. Until then we'll be carving some pumpkins and watching some more kdramas (as always very critically)...
Lots of kdrama-love and solidarity from Maksu and Celi

Oct 21, 2021
HOMETOWN CHACHACHA/Who Stole Them Slippers?!
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Today's episode is about Celi's current obsession namely the very popular and very current drama “Hometown Chachacha”!

In the first part Maksu and Celi talk a bit about their week (until 16:00 min).

In the second half Maksu is interviewing Celi about Homecha, as he hasn’t seen it yet, so if you want to avoid spoilers, you can skip this part (until min 46:00).

And finally in the third part Maksu and Celi discuss the age old divide between the city and the countryside or the center vs the periphery, in our modern capitalist nation states and the implications of this divide during the Pandemic. 

But of course they also cover much more important topics such as Kim Seon-Hos and ShinMinAhs dimples, stolen bathroom slippers aaand sourdough bread.

Book mentioned:
Juli Zeh: Unter Leuten

All stats are from the worldbank: https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.URB.TOTL.IN.ZS 

Oct 07, 2021
REPLY1997/Where is that sheep hiding?!
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Helloo lovely listeners, we're back! We hope you didn't miss us last week, but out of scheduling and quality concerns we decided to release our episodes every two weeks instead of every week.

Now in this episode we are reviewing the classic k-drama "Reply 1997". We are discussing the depiction of queer characters in this drama, as well as very shady grooming practices by older men, and more generally identity struggles of teenagers. Enjoy everyone! 

PS: We always love to hear from you - you can reach us via twitter, facebook, or directly through our email: kdramafeuilleton@gmail.com

Lots of k-drama love from Maksu and Celi 

Sep 23, 2021
ON THE SOFT POWER OF HALLYU/Ahjussi Gramsci And BTS Walk Into A Bar...
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In this episode Maksu and Celi are talking about the effect of Hallyu on international politics. They will be discussing this mainly through the theoretical lense of Joseph Nye's concept of soft power in International Relations. And also their favourite Ahjussi Gramsci gets a mention, enjoy everyone!

Sep 09, 2021
THE HEIRS/On Classism, Privilege and Almonds
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In this episode Maksu and Celi are reviewing the classic Kdrama "The Heirs" or "Inheritors". They discuss the asymmetric power dynamics between the lead couple and the impact and importance of classism and privilege on the the working class hero female lead. Also they discuss the portrayal of US-Americans in this drama and the USA as a place of exile and longing at the same time. Furthermore, hairstyles are (very) critically assessed and the co-hosts wonder why almonds feature so prominently in this drama... Enjoy everyone!

TW: Suicide

Shows mentioned: 

Skycastle
Descendants of the Sun
City Hunter
Legend of the Blue Sea
Hwarang

Sep 02, 2021
VAGABOND/The Sexy Arms Lobby and ROK vs. Lee Seung-Gi and Suzy
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In this episode Celi and Maksu review the political thriller drama "VAGABOND". 
After a brief summary and introduction to the plot, they discuss the drama in light of the global arms trade, actual corruption cases linked to the Sewol Ferry catastrophe in 2014, as well as the US Military Industrial Complex and its relevance to Korean history. Enjoy everyone!

References: 
- Heinrich von Kleist: Michael Kohlhaas.
- Shadow World Documentary: https://shadowworldinvestigations.org/shadow-world-film/
- City Hunter
- A Korean Odyssey 
- Jim Glassman, Young-Jin Choi: The chaebol and the US military–industrial complex, 
Cold War geopolitical economy and South Korean ndustrialization; in: Environment and Planning A 2014, volume 46, pages 1160–1180.
 - Military-Industrial Complex: https://www.history.com/topics/21st-century/military-industrial-complex 
- Corruption Tracker South Korea: https://corruption-tracker.org/case/south-koreas-aw-159-helicopters 

Aug 26, 2021
HWARANG/Park Seo-Joon the Revolutionary?!
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In this episode Maksu and Celi are reviewing the very well-known historical Kdrama "Hwarang".
After giving a brief summary of the plot (first 10 min), they delve deeper in the historical background of "Hwarang" and discuss a few anachronisms they spotted in the drama. If you wanna know why restaurants, showers and chairs are a bit out of place in the ancient kingdom of Silla and why Park Seo-Joon's role can be considered pretty revolutionary, give this episode a listen, enjoy everyone!

Aug 19, 2021
Hybrid Masculinities in KDramas/Abs with a Side of Emotions
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In this episode Celi and Maksu are discussing different types of masculinities and how they are portrayed in Kdramas. After characterising each type, they move on to reflect more broadly on masculinity and gender in our neoliberal capitalist world toward the end of the episode. Do let us know what you think about the portrayals of masculinity in Kdramas and what makes them so special. You can reach us either, here, over the comment section or on facebook and twitter. We'd love to hear from you!

Show notes: 

- Boys over Flowers
- Legend of the Blue Sea
- Heirs
- Prof Efving-Hwang
- What is Wrong with Secretary Kim?
- She Was Pretty
- Miseaeng
- My Mister
- Itaewon Class
- Healer
- The K2
- City Hunter
- Vagabond
- Secrets
- Chief of Staff
- All Reply Series
- Cheese in the trap

Aug 12, 2021
Descendants of the Sun/Can Koreans be Orientalist?!
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In this episode Celi and Maksu are reviewing the famous and much loved kdrama "Descendants of the Sun". Themes, such as whether Korean productions can be orientalist or suffer from a "white saviour complex" will be discussed, as well as the intertwined dynamics of masculinity and nationalism in the military. But first and foremost there will be much talk about helicopters, enjoy everyone! 

Aug 05, 2021
MINE/Female Solidarity Rules And Colonialism Sucks!
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In this episode Maksu and Celi are reviewing the Kdrama MINE. They discuss topics, such as motherhood, the stigma around the queer community in Korean society and what colonialism might have to do with it, as well as power relationships between chaebols and their loyal (or not so loyal) servants. Enjoy everyone!

References: 
- Skycastle
- Parasite
- The Favourite
- Reply 1997

Jul 29, 2021
K-Drama for Beginners/WHY ARE THERE SO MANY COATS??!
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In this episode Maksu and Celi give their own personal introduction to K-Drama for everyone new to this genre. They discuss not only the characteristics of production, editing and typical content features, but also strive to find explanations for k-dramas current global popularity. And last but not least why it is worth analysing it in their podcast (and why you should listen to it).

Shows mentioned: 

My Love from the Star
Legend of the Blue Sea
Start-Up
Goblin/The Guardian
The Heirs
It's Okay to Not Be Okay
Crash Landing On You
City Hunter
Strong Woman Do Bong-sun
Reply 1997
Reply 1988
Hwarang

Jul 22, 2021
The Tale of Nokdu/Kings Have Daddy Issues Too
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In this episode Maksu and Celi review the historical drama "The Tale of Nokdu" and discuss among other things, female solidarity and the concept of widow villages, kings with daddy issues, and why you should avoid consulting a shaman at all costs! Let us know what you thought of the drama in the comment section or on our social media. Also if you have any drama or topic you want us to discuss, we'd be more than happy to, just drop us a message!

Widow village in Syria: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jinwar-syria-north-patriarchy-kurdish-women-raqqa-a8661866.html 

Widow village in India: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/27/world/asia/india-women-widows.html



Jul 15, 2021
IOTNBO/Kim Soo-Hyun And Foucault Walk Into A Bar...
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In this episode of K-Drama Feuilleton, Maksu and Celi are discussing the drama "사이코지만 괜찮아" or "It's Okay To Not Be Okay". 
The drama  addresses issues such as neurodiversity, mental health, and family relationships. Most importantly, however, it stars Kim Soo-Hyun as a male lead after a very long break and oh boy, it was worth the wait! 
Make yourself a nice pot of tea and join Maksu and Celi on their deep dive into the drama and the issues around it. And hey, even Michel Foucault gets a mention!

TW: suicide

Other shows/books mentioned in the episode: 
It's Okay That's Love
Hwarang
My Love From The Star
Producers
Itaewon Class
Pose
You
Atypical
Esther Perel <3 
Michel Foucault: Discipline and Punish (1975)

If you liked this episode, please leave a comment and subscribe to our podcast. We always love to hear from you. You can reach us on our social media channels on facebook @kdramafeuilleton and twitter @k_feuilleton. Lots of K-Drama love from Maksu and Celi


Jul 08, 2021