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Getting Married in KoreaOf Gender, Morality, and Modernity$
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Laurel Kendall

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780520201989

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520201989.001.0001

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Transformations: The Construction of Courtship in Twentieth-Century Korea

Transformations: The Construction of Courtship in Twentieth-Century Korea

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Getting Married in Korea

Laurel Kendall

University of California Press

This chapter examines the changes in courtship practices in Korea in the twentieth century, exploring the means and circumstance through which Koreans have redefined the process of getting married. It traces the evolution of the feminine ideal based on analysis of women's magazines, which the author considered an influential source of discourses about weddings. The chapter also discusses “beautiful bride” and “beloved wife,” emergent notions constructed through and around courtship practices in an emergent political economy.

Keywords:   courtship, Korea, feminine ideal, weddings, women's magazines, beautiful bride, beloved wife, political economy

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