Chunwon Research journal 2021 KCI Impact Factor : 0.22

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pISSN : 2636-1205
Aims & Scope
  Chunwon Research Journal is the journal of Chunwon Research Society, an academic society established with the purpose of doing research on Yi Kwangsu (also notated in romanization as Lee Kwang-soo, etc.)  and his literature. Until recently, it has been the goal of our society to publish research papers on Yi Kwangsu and his literature, and other meaningful materials that are directly related to this topic.   As time passed by, however, we felt the need for other ways to support research on Yi Kwangsu and his literature that would help enrich the research on this topic. While Yi Kwangsu and his literature secure an indispensable place in the history of modern Korean literature, they have also been objects of many controversies and debates, entailing both advocacy and criticism. We aim at contributing to the research of modern Korean literature by pursuing research on Yi Kwangsu and his literature without bias but with fairness, which are critical values in literary research and criticism.   With this goal on mind, we have decided to henceforth include in our Chunwon Research Journal academic papers on any topic that deals with exploring Yi Kwangsu and his literature.   As Yi Kwangsu was a writer who opened up Korea’s last stage of transition into the modern world, his literature contains both the themes of modernity and postmodernity. And because he was active in many areas and had a long literary career, he was associated with many literary networks accordingly to his masterly status. We have thus decided to accept academic papers on ‘all’ topics of discussion, inclusive of other writers surrounding Yi Kwangsu and his literature, their contemporaries, and their works; for instance, topics about understanding modern Korean history, debates on the so-called ‘colonial reality,’ among others.   With this decision, we strive to take a step forward and take on a more active role for improving the quality and quantity of research in modern Korean literature. Indeed, Yi Kwangsu is not the single converging point of the history of modern Korean literature. Problems he raised were not resolved during his times, either. Notwithstanding, at large, even today’s modern Korean literature is not unrelated to the ‘phenomenon’ of Yi Kwangsu.   Hereupon, Chunwon Research Journal will continue to contribute to the modern Korean literature academia by accepting academic papers on all sorts of general debates in the history of modern Korean literature, while prioritizing research on Yi Kwangsu and his literature.
Bang Min Ho

(Seoul National University)

Citation Index
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  • KCI IF(5yr) : 0.3
  • Centrality Index(3yr) : 0.6
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Current Issue : 2020, Vol., No.19

  • The Relationship between Yi Kwang-su's “Mu-Myeong” and Tolstoy's Resurrection

    Park, Jin-sook | 2020, (19) | pp.9~37 | number of Cited : 1
    This paper is to investigate Yi Kwang-su's “Mu-Myeong” in relation to Tolstoy's Resurrection. Resurrection has been read mainly about the love affair between Nekhlyudov and Katyusha, but I try to find out the relation between “Mu-Myeong” and Resurrection, especially focusing on the space of ‘prison’ system, which had been discussed at that time. The relations between two novels are as follow. Firstly, there is a similarity of the types of crimes, The arsonist and the alleged forgery of private documents are found to be common in the two works. Secondly, the insight that Nekhlyudov feels about humans in “Resurrection” can be also found in ‘I’’s insight into humanity in “Mu-Myeong”. Thirdly, ‘I’ in “Mu-Myeong” and Nekhlyudov in Resurrection are given same roles in the prison of each novel. This may seem trivial, but it provides an important opportunity for us to pay attention to “I,” as an observer of “Mu-Myeong”. “I”, as an observer, does not appear a flaw in the novel, but play a very important role in revealing that Yi Kwang-su has reached a state where he can no longer enlighten his people. Manifestation of the impossibility of enlightenment is the inner meaning of “Mu-Myeong”.
  • A Study of “Maeuitaeja” Written by Lee Gwangsu-With a Focus on Divergent Paths of Revenge and Resignation in History and National Consciousness

    Seo Serim | 2020, (19) | pp.39~65 | number of Cited : 0
    This study investigates the narratives of revenge and resignation, and national consciousness as portrayed in a history novel “Maeuitaeja” written by Lee Gwangsu. The novel first appeared as a series in a daily newspaper, Donga Ilbo, and told stories of a nation and its heroes in the late period of Shilla Dynasty, starring historical figures including Gungye, Maeuitaeja, Gyeonhwon, and King Gyeongsun. The novel embodied the author’s interest in the history of Shilla Dynasty, which was also expressed in his other works including ‘Gasil’, “Death of Lee Chadon”, and “Priest Wonhyo”. However, the novel was severely criticized by Kim Dongin both for its plot and theme, and has not been properly investigated. Another reason for the lack of interest in the novel was that it was deemed as incomplete based on Georg Lukacs’s theory on history novel. However, integrity of historical facts is not the sole standard that decides quality of history novel. The simplicity of a plot-the novel is divided into two parts: a chapter on Gungye and a chapter on Maeuitaeja-does not eliminate the need to academically examine the novel. “Maeuitaeja” mixed historical facts with fiction, revolving around lives of the characters. The author expressed the theme through the characters’ personality and concerns, and notwithstanding the simple plot, subtly communicated his political consciousness by intertwining it with personal lives of the heroic characters in the novel. Instead of a black-and-white view on ‘cooperation’ and ‘resistance’, readers can perceive the author’s thoughts swinging between idealism and agony faced in the reality. Gungye was an extraordinary figure from the birth, had heroic aspects, and went so far as founding a new nation. However, his fate was doomed as he grew obsessed with personal grudges and revenge. In comparison, Kim Chung or Maeuitaeja was not heroic, but became a righteous figure who got enraged and then resigned from a fallen society. As a nation is ruined, these two contrasting figures faced divergent paths of fate. The author’s national consciousness is implicitly shown in the rise and fall of the two figures against the background of the Shilla Dynasty.
  • A Study on Lee Kwang-soo's Poetry(1)-Focusing on the Three People's Poems(1929) and A collection of poems written by Chunwon(1940)

    Lim Sooman | 2020, (19) | pp.67~101 | number of Cited : 0
    This paper considered the poems of Chunwon(春園) Lee Gwang-soo(李光洙) in chronological order. Because he said he wanted to capture his inner truth in a poem that he had never done to anyone, I wanted to examine through his poems the path of the extreme transition that led him to the pro-Japanese leadership, who was an ardent nationalist. Based on these research objectives, the scope of the study was limited to the end of the 1930s when his pro-Japanese activities began to appear. In his early poems, there is a clear attitude that he will devote himself to comforting and empowering his fellow countrymen in distress through writing. However, there are many signs of disappointment and frustration as much as his love for his country began to appear from the early 1920s. I took a look at the coexistence of these two things, focusing on the Three People's Poems published in 1929. Meanwhile, in the poems of early and mid 1930s, the love and hatred of the country and its compatriots was further advanced, driving Chunwon into despair at various levels. I wanted to look through the aspects of such despair and his inner self until he returned to Buddhism This study was completed at the point of confirming that Chunwon's path to pro-Japanese activities could be a religion. I took note of the image of the" Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue(觀音像)" in his poetry at this time. Through religion, he hoped to save the soul on a personal level and to find a way to national renewal. Specifically, Chunwon overlapped the image with her mother's image, and even contained the nation's or even the ideology of "Daedongagongyeong(大東亞共榮)". This combination was a medium of religious ecstasy. In order to think more deeply about this, a review of Chun-won's pro-Japanese poems as well as further study and reflection on the relationship between fascism and religion will be needed.