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Kim, Jungwon (2012) GENDER IN FUSION KUGAK: AN EXAMINATION OF WOMEN’S FUSION KUGAK GROUPS AND THEIR MUSIC PRACTICES. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Fusion kugak is defined as a contemporary and popular form of the traditional Korean music kugak. On the one hand, fusion kugak can appeal to researchers in terms of its musical style since it includes arrangements of Western music for traditional Korean instruments with non-Korean instruments accompanying; new compositions for ensembles combining traditional Korean instruments with non-Korean instruments; and collaboration between fusion kugak and other performing arts such as dance, martial arts, or acrobatics. On the other hand, as a cultural phenomenon in contemporary Korea, fusion kugak can be viewed from the perspective of gender, a social value system. However, which positions women are occupying in the field of fusion kugak; how women are playing their gender roles in their fusion kugak performances; whether women demonstrate their sexuality in their fusion kugak practices or not; and how women empower themselves in fusion kugak are all questions that current research has not yet explored.
In this thesis, I perform a case study of three women’s fusion kugak groups, Dasrum, MIJI, and Cheongarang, all of which consist of only women, in order to identify which gender issues can be explored through study of fusion kugak. By observing those women’s fusion kugak groups, looking at popular discourse on female kugak and fusion kugak performers, and analyzing those women’s fusion kugak groups’ musical performances and activities, this thesis demonstrates how the women’s fusion kugak groups take part in the formation of Korean national identity; how female fusion kugak performers can play motherly roles in their fusion kugak practices; and how female fusion kugak performers represent their sexuality and exercise female agency in their fusion kugak activities.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kim, Jungwonjuk33@pitt.eduJUK33
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHelbig, Adrianaanh59@pitt.eduANH59
Committee MemberWeintraub, Andrewanwein@pitt.eduANWEIN
Committee MemberLukacs, Gabriellalukacs@pitt.eduLUKACS
Date: 30 May 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 26 March 2012
Approval Date: 30 May 2012
Submission Date: 20 April 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 128
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: fusion kugak, Korean music, gender, women, Dasrum, MIJI, Cheongarang
Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 15:34
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:57


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