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Korea Foundation awards $10,000 publishing grant to “Movie Migrations”

Movie Migrations book coverThe Department of Communications Studies announces that the forthcoming book, Movie Migrations: Transnational Genre Flows and South Korean Cinema, written by Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies Hye Seung Chug and William E. Morgan Endowed Chair of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies Scott Diffrient, has been honored by the Korea Foundation with a $10,000 publishing grant. Monies go directly to the publisher, Rutgers University Press, and will be used to help promote the book.

“We are very happy and honored to be recognized by the Korea Foundation,” says Chung. “Our book offers a truly transnational approach to South Korean cinema and we are hoping that it will introduce a range of different Korean film genres and cross-cultural connections between Korean and Hollywood films to students and scholars.”

Movie Migrations examines global genre transformations and the concept of cross-cultural intertextuality through analyses of South Korean melodramas, literary adaptations, comedies, Westerns, historical dramas, monster movies, psychological thrillers, and multicultural films, all of which are comparatively linked to non-Korean counterparts, from Hollywood to Japan and beyond. Major case studies include The Stray Bullet (1961), Third Rate Manager (1961), Under the Sky of Seoul (1961), Over That Hill (1968), The Man with No Home (1968), Oldboy (2003), Untold Scandal (2003), The Host (2006), Bandhobi (2009), Thirst (2009), and The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2009).

“This book is the outcome of our scholarship over the past ten years, reflecting our dedication to transnational genre studies,” says Diffrient. “Everyone involved at Rutgers University Press was extremely supportive and enthusiastic about the project. Now we all are thrilled to receive the Korea Foundation’s generous financial support.”

The grantmaker, Seoul, Korea-based nonprofit The Korea Foundation, supports a variety of academic, intellectual, and cultural cooperation programs to cultivate a better understanding of Korea and its traditional and profound culture, as well as its dynamic post-modern society, among the international community.

To broaden understanding about Korea and its people, the Korea Foundation extends support to domestic and foreign publishers to encourage their publication of Korea-related books in foreign languages. Chung and Diffrient encouraged Rutgers University Press to apply for a publishing grant. “The grant is competitive,” says Chung. “They only support completed books which received successful external review.”

Movie Migrations will be published in July 2015. It is currently available for pre-order through Amazon.