1) Purpose: This journal aims to develop popular culture by promoting the public value of knowledge through research and education on popular narratives. 2) Research Field : The submission paper is an academic paper related to cultural phenomena such as popular literature, movies, dramas, K-pop, cartoons, and various content platforms, and should not have been published in other academic journals, journals, and periodicals.
This article describes the fear of infection through the Covid19 pandemic and the rapid phase change of human species with H. P. Lovecraft’s fiction and “Project LC. RC”. Pandemic and climate change, which can be called global weirding, fundamentally question the status and history of human species in the ecosystem. The horror creature and cosmological indifferentism in Lovecraft’s weird fiction are contemporary in that they help shed light on today’s global weirding. But Lovecraft’s racism allows him to ask more fundamental questions about the logjam of his cosmic horror. “Project LC. RC” are a Korean writers’s works of cultural variation that rewrites controversial racism and misogyny in Lovecraft’s fiction. Such variation becomes the task of creating a mutation in Lovecraft as it becomes infected with the affection of Lovecraft’s writing. This article first noted the creative power of Lovecraft’s fiction that induces such a mutation. And under this premise, this article wanted to reveal the meaning of Lee Seo young, Eun rim, and Kim Bo young’s recreates of Lovecraft’s fiction through the analysis of images and motifs of abject, plant creature and symbiosis. Specifically, Lovecraft’s creature, which evokes phallic fear, turns into an image of an abject embracing and comforting women’s despair(“I Want You to Stay Low”), a plant creature that provides women with refuge(“Color in the Well”), and a creature of care and symbiotic life(“A Sea of Plague”). This recreate/rewriting has contemporary significance in that it embodies values such as labor, care, and solidarity in their works. The conclusion noted another power of creative variation in Lovecraft’s fiction, which is not reduced to recreate/rewriting.
The aftermath of the COVID-19 virus continues. There are two potential fears behind the various preventive and quarantine measures. : the fear that “I may be infected” and the fear that “someone may infect me”. This subconscious is built on the ‘imagination of infection’. This paper attempted to analyze science fiction(SF) narratives and zombie narratives that influenced our imagination of infection. And this paper attempts to examine how SF novels and movies understand and express “infection”, and how zombie narratives reveal “infection” and its horror.
Mary Shelley’s novel “The Last Man” revealed the paradox that the fear of an infectious disease gave humanity an opportunity for reflection. The films <Contagion> and <The Flu(Gamgi)> showed that fear and aversion to infectious diseases can lead to riots and conflict. Zombie narrative is a genre that most dramatically expresses the horror of infection. Director Yeon Sangho’s zombie trilogy, including <Train To Busan(Busanhaeng)>, reveals that people around you can turn into the most dangerous source of infection. Through SF and zombie narratives, we can realize that humanity must have a humble sense of solidarity, ethics, and empathy in the face of infectious diseases.
Through this narrative texts, we can realize the importance of the imagination of infection. Imagination of infection is the basis for understanding the causes and consequences of the spread of infection, the process and future prospects.
The content that is actively consumed in popular culture today is definitely the ‘Zombie Narrative’. ‘Zombie’ is soon positioned as a unique character that reveals the times in which we live in conjunction with the uniqueness of Korean society. Zombies, however, are rarely narrated in traditional Korean modern novels though science-fiction novels constructively deal with them. This paper focuses on the existence of ‘zombie’, which seldom appears in modern novels. The paper also aims to illuminate the literary value of the ‘zombie narrative’ that is explosively consumed in modern society.
In the main part, I talk about the horrors of ‘ignorance’ appearing in the existence of zombies in relation to those of the problem concerning “unknown”. As one of the crucial characteristics of the zombies, moreover, the “absence” of the “thinking” was considered in terms of “ignorance” in relation to the concept of “Banality of evil” raised by Hannah Arendt. This paper also pays attention to the possibility of a new solidarity between zombies and humans depicted in novels.
This possibility can be seen as a search for solidarity between humans and zombies, beyond the solidarity between humans who survived from zombies. The paper enlightens a new relationship between a captor and a captive that dichotomous scale impossibly explains and presents a possible new story.
As discussed above, as this study searches for the existence of ‘zombies’ that seldom appear in contemporary Korean novels, it clearly signifies the literary value of ‘zombies’ and further possible narratives concerning ‘zombies’. Furthermore, this study appreciates the extension of the existing ‘zombie narrative’ researches, which has been mainly focused on films.