The Reality and Healing in the novel of Kim, Il-yeop in 1930’s
1930s is a turning point in Kim, Il-yeop’s life, and she spends her life as a zen master after living in a dynamic period and entering into the Buddhism. In the 1930s, Kim Il-yeop's work shows the process of entrance into Buddhism, becoming Buddhist monk, and giving up writing.
The study on Kim, Il-yeop continues in literature, women’s studies, and Buddhism. This paper examines Kim, Il-yeop's 1930s literature, which is overlooked. Considering the existing research results on Kim, Il-yeop's poetry, the subject is specified as a novel, and it is limited to the 1930s, which shows the tendency of Buddhist and transitional ideas.
The research method is to use the Literary Therapeutics and Theory of Epic which is a viewpoint of narrative by paying attention to human relations., because Kim, Il-yeop's novel is describing human relations. Based on this theory, we will discuss the development of Kim, Il-yeop's ideas about hope, empathy, healing, and life.
The paper concludes, “The first is to reveal the real life and metaphorize the principle of impermanency: the second is to show hope in dealing with reality; the third is to heal through self-narratives.”
Key words: Reality, Healing, Self-narrative, Literary Therapeutics, Life, empathy