girl sitting on a roof in Little Forest

Still from Little Forest.

Images of the Girl from West to East: From Austen to Manga

Feb 20, 2019, 7 PM, Feb 21, 2019, 4:15–6 PM
Collins Cinema & Newhouse Center Lounge
Free and open to the public

Screening of the Korean Film Little Forest:

Based on Daisuke Igarashi’s manga novel, the South Korean film Little Forest(2018), directed by Yim Soon-rye, tells the story of a young woman (Hye-won) who returns to her childhood home after tiring of her difficult life in the big city. There, she heals her emotional wounds with the help of two childhood friends, nature, and food.

6:30PM | Collins Cafe | Reception of Korean hors d’oeuvres

7PM | Collins Cinema | Screening of Little Forest


International Symposium:

What is girlhood? And how has it evolved since the time of Jane Austen, whose novels arguably introduced the stage of female adolescence, to the present in the East and West?

Through a series of papers by scholars from across the world, this mini-conference will explore images of the girl in various media in the East and West from the early 19th century to the 21st. Individual papers will examine issues from how Austen's novels make imaginable a new and particularly modern conception of adolescence to how the image of the girl has evolved in Korea from the colonial era to the present as Western and Japanese models of girlhood entered mainstream media and influenced the fashioning of identities.

4:15PM | Newhouse Center Lounge | Symposium

Eve Zimmerman (Wellesley College): Introduction: The Migration of Images

Shawn Maurer (College of the Holy Cross):The Age of Emotion: Austen and Adolescence

Kyung-Sook Shin (Yonsei University, Seoul): The Girl in Colonial Korea

Jinhee Choi (King’s College, London): The Kitchen and Girlhood in Little Forest

6PM | Newhouse Center Lounge | Reception

Presented by The Newhouse Center for the Humanities, the English Department and Creative Writing and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.