Absurdity and nostalgia: humor in K-pop

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Abstract

Most contemporary K-pop is performed by impeccably styled and physically attractive idols, who earnestly embody “sexy” and desirable characteristics in their music and videos. Yet K-pop also includes distinctly humorous themes; idols are expected to possess comedic ability and charisma in order to engage with fans and participate in television variety shows. This is reflected in the abundance of comical music videos, incorporating slapstick and physical comedy, absurdity, satire, and kitsch nostalgia. This chapter first explores the use of humor as a part of the larger idol and media ecosystem; second, it examines how humor comments on Korea’s rapid modernization and the significant cultural, economic, and lifestyle changes of the past thirty years.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge companion to popular music and humor
EditorsThomas M. Kitts, Nick Baxter-Moore
Place of PublicationNew York ; London
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Chapter16
Pages141-149
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781351266642
ISBN (Print)9781138577565
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Music Companions
PublisherRoutledge

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Absurdity
Nostalgia
Idol
Charisma
Comedy
Satire
Economics
Music
Sexy
Kitsch
Lifestyle
Slapstick
Music Videos
Ecosystem
Modernization
Korea
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Keith, S. (2019). Absurdity and nostalgia: humor in K-pop. In T. M. Kitts, & N. Baxter-Moore (Eds.), The Routledge companion to popular music and humor (pp. 141-149). (Routledge Music Companions). New York ; London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Keith, Sarah. / Absurdity and nostalgia : humor in K-pop. The Routledge companion to popular music and humor. editor / Thomas M. Kitts ; Nick Baxter-Moore. New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2019. pp. 141-149 (Routledge Music Companions).
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