Traces of time in Traces of Love (2006): repackaging South Korea's traumatic national history for tourism

Martin-Jones, D. (2012) Traces of time in Traces of Love (2006): repackaging South Korea's traumatic national history for tourism. In: Martin-Jones, D. and Brown, W. (eds.) Deleuze and Film. Series: Deleuze connections. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 54-70. ISBN 9780748641215

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This chapter explores how time-images are deployed in Gaeulro/Traces of Love (Dae-seung Kim, South Korea, 2006) as a means of examining recent South Korean history. Traces of Love uses time-images that deliberately confuse events in the past and present to explore the recent trauma of national economic collapse and its potentially stultifying effect on the present state of the nation. The time-image is also integral to the film’s attempts to provide an upbeat message concerning South Korea’s future, a process in which the depiction of several sites of touristic beauty and national heritage are crucial. Thus this chapter demonstrates that although Deleuze’s ideas are rarely applied to Asian cinemas, they are key to understanding the way Traces of Love manipulates narrative time to explore recent South Korean national history. Moreover, this analysis of the specific function of the time-image in one particular Asian film gestures towards the greater need for a continued reconsideration of the broader, seemingly universal conclusions Deleuze draws in the Cinema books. This involves a conceptualisation both of the way the time-image functions, and of the reasons for its emergence in different contexts, that is somewhat different from Deleuze’s original theorisations.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Martin-Jones, Professor David
Authors: Martin-Jones, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
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