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"My Love, My Bride (1990): A Comedy of Remarriage?"

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRediscovering Korean Cinema
EditorsSangjoon Lee
Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780472054299
Accepted/In press2018

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In his book Pursuits of Happiness, Stanley Cavell proposes to consider the Hollywood screwball comedy of the 1930s and 40s as the comedy of remarriage. In this ‘sub-genre,’ unlike the Classical romantic comedy, where the narrative outcome is the achievement of marriage for the romantic couple, its narrative drives the (married) couple after a momentary separation or even divorce, to find marital happiness again. Drawing on Cavell’s philosophical observations on the genre, this chapter examines the 1990s South Korean comedic cycle, such as My Love, My Bride (Lee Myung-se, 1990) and Marriage Story (Kim Ui-seok, 1992), which I claim constitutes a South Korean Comedy of Remarriage.

The narrative premise for the South Korean Comedy of Remarriage is similar to that of the Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage; films begin (rather than end) with the marriage of a couple, who get disillusioned about the married life, or find obstacles to maintaining that married life, and in the end get back together again. I will further focus on the diverging gender roles manifest in the films My Love, My Bride and the 2014 remake of My Love, My Bride (Im Chang-seong), and how they register changing social mores.

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