Journal of Popular Narrative 2021 KCI Impact Factor : 0.91

Korean | English

pISSN : 1738-3188
Aims & Scope
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.
Jinhyoung Lee

(. Academy of Mobility Humanities, Konkuk University)

Citation Index
  • KCI IF(2yr) : 0.91
  • KCI IF(5yr) : 0.85
  • Centrality Index(3yr) : 1.498
  • Immediacy Index : 0.2609

Current Issue : 2022, Vol.28, No.2

  • My Research on Popular Art

    Lee, Young-Mee | 2022, 28(2) | pp.13~57 | number of Cited : 0
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    This article is a review of the process that led me to the study of popular art. First of all, the cultural environment of childhood, art-related experiences of college, and the experience of the progressive culture movement were described. As I experienced the culture movement from the 1980s to the early 1990s, I acquired many academic ideas and attitudes. And these were the basis for establishing my unique research methodology in popular art research, which began in earnest from the end of the 1990s. This article induces special interest and reflection on the popular art research methodology by revealing the process of my research being formed and developed.
  • Tribalism in the internet community reading Memes and neologisms

    Park, In-Seong | 2022, 28(2) | pp.59~93 | number of Cited : 0
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    This paper will be able to indirectly materialize the political unconscious of language users composed through memes and neologisms by examining the usage patterns of memes and neologisms that have occurred mainly in the a male- dominated community since the 2000s. As such, it is to examine the compressed world perception formed through the Internet community in the form of a story that embodies or re-recognizes it. First of all, the occurrence and distribution of various memes centered on DC Inside is used like token to acquire a sense of belonging to the Internet community. The use of various memes for intentionally discriminating from others justifies hate expressions by focusing only on linguistic efficacy regardless of their intentions. Reducing everything to the effect of humor is the most powerful linguistic means of acquiring a sense of belonging to tribalism. Through differentiation towards others and easy objectification, Internet culture has only had the status of a convenient alternative world. Rather than simply discriminating against others, there is also a tendency to justify active demeaning of others through self-deprecation. Centering on ‘Pepe the Frog’, a comprehensive meme is used that defines one’s identity as a loser and active use of this to define all community users, including himself, as social outsiders and losers. These attempts are masochistic gestures that comfort themselves through emotional egalitarianism in the alternative world. On the other hand, the ‘Our Brother’ culture of the a male-dominated community is a meme that is used to play a role opposite to the meritocracy’s growth narrative in the real world. Unlike his traditional father, ‘Our Brother’ has a friendly and non-authoritarian humor, and has the status of a new big other in internet culture. As in the case of the rapper ‘Yumdda’, many fandoms enjoy the entrusted narrative of growth by constructing a success story opposite to the meritocracy era through him. It is the aspect of pursuing convenient surrogate satisfaction that succeeds quickly and comfortably through emotional projection on numerous hyungs rather than through uncertain and difficult successes. Internet tribalism, excessive sense of belonging, and defensive illusions about the real world are acting as a mechanism to overestimate all “fail” and “damages”. Therefore, the use of a series of memes and the story structure of the alternative world constituted accordingly seems to be the struggle of the Internet generation to prevent and minimize failures and damages in advance when they must fully bear it.
  • A Failed Women’s Rebellion and the Ability of Love—A Change of women as subject in 2000’s Romance Novel

    LEE Jura | 2022, 28(2) | pp.95~126 | number of Cited : 0
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    This paper identified a new representation of female subjects in Korean romance novels in the 2000s and analyzed the desires of women at the time. Research on women’s new subjects in the 2000s has been studied focusing on chick-lit and TV dramas. These studies focused on the distortion or frustration of subjectivity of women who appeared in the conflict with the patriarchal system in the change to neoliberalism. However, the romance novel, a subculture centered on women, depicts a woman’s honest fantasy that was not fully embodied in the mainstream discourse. Therefore, this paper analyzed popular romance novels in the 2000s. Of course, in order to identify the point where the characteristics of women’s subculture meet the general desires of the time, it was analyzed focusing on Ji Soohyeon’s My Name is Kim Sam-soon and Hyun Gowoon’s Something About 1% that gained great popularity among romance novels. In the 2000s, the female subject in Korean romance novels was portrayed as a failure of self management recommended in the neoliberal self-development discourse. They are out-of-the-way losers. They are a pathetic woman who has not acquired the perfect femininity demanded by society of their time. However, the winners of romance novels were these failures. Although she failed to manage herself, she had different abilities. The romance heroine’s ability is to trust humans and practice true love. With trust in love, the heroine healed and changed an upper class man who was hurted by someone. Men are saved through women. Through this, the romance heroine becomes the subject of relationship. Moreover, romance novels reversed the typical Cinderella narrative and highlighted the ethics of life of the middle class. This showed the desire of female subjects to resist neoliberalism and sexism, which are mainstream discourses in contemporary society. In the 2000s, romance novels portrayed human values, ethics, and cultural diversity that survived to the end in the discourse of neoliberal competition for survival.