August 08, 2020

About the author

Tatiana Gabroussenko

Tatiana Gabroussenko obtained her PhD in East Asian Studies at the Australian National University. She is currently a professor of North Korean studies at Korea University, Seoul. Her latest book Soldiers on the Cultural Front: Developments in the early history of North Korean literature and literary policy, was included in the Choice magazine list of Outstanding Academic Titles of 2012.

More articles by 'Tatiana Gabroussenko'

"Common love for a big rocket": North Korean missile tests in film and TV

From an Olympic athlete to a bickering family, rocket launches are portrayed as a unifying good

"Trust the metal scrap to me": a thriller, North Korean style

The film, a cautionary tale about scrap metal, borders on the surreal

Tatiana Gabroussenko April 21, 2017

Heaven and Hell: South Korea in North Korean propaganda of the '70s

In these films, North Korea is an idealistic heaven on earth - and the South is corrupt and backward

Tatiana Gabroussenko March 29, 2017

Rocking the nation to sleep: patriotic lullabies in North Korea

The DPRK's state-sanctioned cradle songs can be surprisingly tender

Tatiana Gabroussenko February 28, 2017

Why Soviet translators in the 1960s hated North Korean literature

Russian experts found little to like in the poor quality of the DPRK's fiction

Tatiana Gabroussenko January 26, 2017

Just war? How North Korea portrayed the Korean War

Early depictions of the conflict emphasized stoic bravery in the face of the "Yankee" invaders

Tatiana Gabroussenko December 12, 2016

Glasnost? The early years of culture in post-war North Korea

How Kim Il Sung lured intellectuals to North Korea - and purged them

Tatiana Gabroussenko November 10, 2016

Song'un Cinema: Love and militarism in N. Korean film

North Korean films extol the virtues of marrying as a duty to the state

Tatiana Gabroussenko September 23, 2016

Kim Jong Il: The man who brought love to North Korea's silver screen

Romance in movies and books was strictly prohibited under leadership of Kim Il Sung

Tatiana Gabroussenko August 2, 2016

No sex please, we're in a North Korean movie

Far from revolutionary, cinema and lit in Kim Il Sung’s time was extremely conservative with romance