The elements that unite these women are suffering and the transcendence of suffering. The book is divided into nine parts structured around the Greek Muses.
Both of her parents were teachers. Her mother and oldest brother left Korea for Hawaii when Cha was young, in The rest of her family eventually moved to the United States in temporarily settling in Hawaii.
At this school Cha started her education in western classics and language. She also studied French, Greek, and Roman classics. During her time at Sacred Heart, she sang in the choir. It is suspected that Cha's time at Sacred Heart inspired her to write Dictee.
By the time she graduated Cha had earned many scholastic awards. Cha transferred to University of California, Berkeley the following year, where she completed her studies in art and writing.
There, she also studied ceramics with Peter Voulkos and James Melchert, who encouraged her to work in performance. As a student, she became close friends with Dennis Love, another student and Bertrand Augst, a professor of French and comparative literature.
Her classes with Augst influenced Cha to study comparative literature, which she later earned degrees in. InCha received her B. She worked as a student employee of the Pacific Film Archive for three years between and while earning two graduate degrees in art M. Beckett's highly reductive style of theater found echoes in the spare setting of Cha's performances.
Augst taught his students structural and semiological film analysis, frequently using an Athena projector, which can slow a film to a single frame.
This frame-by-frame study greatly inspired Cha's own films and video stills. Cha began her career as a performance artist, producer, director, and writer in Cha also worked as an usher and cashier from to at the Pacific Film Archivewith friends. In Cha traveled back to Korea for the first time in seventeen years.
It was a sorrowful but memorable trip. The excitement of finally returning to her homeland was diminished by the cool reception she received from her own people, to whom she was just another foreigner. Earlier that year, she also traveled to Japan and then back to Korea, this time working on the film White Dust From Mongolia from May to July with her brother.
South Korea President Park Chung Hee had just been assassinated that previous May and restrictive new laws had been declared. Cha and her brother were harassed by suspicious South Korean officials who thought they might be North Korean spies.
Cha married the photographer Richard Barnes in May ; the two had met in a drawing class induring her time at UC Berkeley. Cha linked her own process of learning language - whether that be in her Korean first languageEnglish, French or Latin - to the extraordinary cultural oppression experienced in Korea during this nearly year period.
The main body of Cha's work is "looking for the roots of language before it is born on the tip of the tongue". Her visual and performance work often involved words and letters manipulated such as changing the sizes and placement of letters.
These words are often imposed on or near images as a form of communication, another theme in Cha's work.
Dictee features heavily French language and English, along with others, often together on the same page. Commonly the languages are used in repetitive, "broken" phrases and frequent code-switchingsimilar to the communication of an individual learning the languages.
According to Hyun Yi Kangthis style causes readers to "[reconsider] the arbitrary and ideologically colored prescriptions on language and writing, challenging the requirements of good speech and correct grammar.
Influences[ edit ] Cha was influenced by a variety of sources. Her friends say that she was inspired by the art activity around her, but there has been little analysis of this aspect of her development as an artist. Cha was inspired by artist Terry Foxa fellow artist and performer.
Cha came to his performances and watched Fox and his brother Larry interact with various materials and objects, such as metal and a mirror.
Cha drew her inspiration from Fox's slow, ritualistic performances. Cha also used props—candles, bamboo sticks, flour—in some of her performance, which Fox had previously used in his own. Fox had witnessed a few of Cha's performances and commented on the way she moved in the space, barefoot, not making a sound.
She died a week after the publication of Dictee.Writing self, writing nation: a collection of essays on Dictée by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha / Hyun Yi Kang [et al.] ; edited by Norma Alarcón and Elaine H. Kim. Writing Self, Writing Nation: A Collection of Essays on Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.
Third Women Press. Writing Self, Writing Nation: A Collection of Essays on Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Third Women Press.
This critical attention has most recently culminated in the publication in of a collection of essays on Dictee, entitled Writing Self, Writing Nation.
Keywords National Identity National History Film Theory Critical Recognition Foreign Intervention.
This is an abstract piece, and I recommend "Writing Self, Writing Nation," the companion book with essays written by Asian American studies scholars to help guide you through it. "DICTEE" is an important work in Korean American literature, as it ascends from the normal prose and attempts to mediate the Korean American identity with text.
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