May 16, 2022

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.

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Why Soviet translators in the 1960s hated North Korean literature

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

Why Soviet translators in the 1960s hated North Korean literature
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko January 26, 2017
Just war? How North Korea portrayed the Korean War

Just war? How North Korea portrayed the Korean War

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

Just war? How North Korea portrayed the Korean War
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko December 12, 2016
Glasnost? The early years of culture in post-war North Korea

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

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

Glasnost? The early years of culture in post-war North Korea
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko November 10, 2016
Song’un Cinema: Love and militarism in N. Korean film

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

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

Song’un Cinema: Love and militarism in N. Korean film
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko September 23, 2016
Kim Jong Il: The man who brought love to North Korea’s silver screen

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

Kim Jong Il: The man who brought love to North Korea’s silver screen
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko August 2, 2016
No sex please, we’re in a North Korean movie

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

No sex please, we’re in a North Korean movie
Hong Gil-dong: Korean classics on North Korean screens

Hong Gil-dong: Korean classics on North Korean screens

Adapting classic folk tales using Juche-approved themes placed filmmakers in awkward positions

Hong Gil-dong: Korean classics on North Korean screens
Kim Jong Un and the children: developing ‘their own way’

Kim Jong Un and the children: developing ‘their own way’

The third Kim pays special attention to children in fiction, rewarding a surprising individuality

Kim Jong Un and the children: developing ‘their own way’
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko April 29, 2016
How North Korean writings rationalize Kim Jong Un’s leadership style

How North Korean writings rationalize Kim Jong Un’s leadership style

Stories about the ‘failures,’ and lessons, of specialists explain Kim’s decision-making

How North Korean writings rationalize Kim Jong Un’s leadership style
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko March 22, 2016
The good – but not too good – Japanese of N.Korean mass culture

The good – but not too good – Japanese of N.Korean mass culture

The late 1980s saw the movement of the ‘good foreigner,’ including from Japan, in Northern works

The good – but not too good – Japanese of N.Korean mass culture
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko February 17, 2016
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