The study of subjects and motifs in the stories of Hwang Jinyi - Focusing on the root materials
This thesis arranged narrative structures of important root texts with the stories of Hwang Jinyi and examined each subject and motif. The stories of Hwang Jinyi in classical literature from 1500s to the late Joseon Dynasty are practically the same in a content aspect but completely different Hwang Jinyi are described according to the writers or the compilers' intentions and purposes in a topical aspect. Hwang Jinyi in Sungongjisorok by Heo Gyun or EowooYadam (於于野談) by Yu MongIn which is thought to be the initial records is topicalized as a magnanimous and masculine person and extraordinary woman with distinguished talents(異人). Hwang Jinyi in Songdogiyi by Lee Deokhyeong(李德馨) shows antinomic images. She is a Korean geisha but the contradictory image that is not like a geisha, the achromatic-colored and natural image of a 'taoist fairy' who is not decorated and does not wear make up is shown as a topic.
Hwang Jinyi in the later bibliographic data after Lee Deokhyeong is expressed as the image of the woman who attracts noblemen as her physicality is strengthened and strips away their veils and sneers them. On the other hand, HwangJin, the Jeon (傳) by Kim TaekYeong, embodies Hwang Jinyi who is cautious about herself in the Confucian idea. Accordingly, Hwang Jinyi is not fixed as a name. She can be called various names including a chivalrous woman, an extraordinary woman with distinguished talents, a famous geisha, a great singer, a woman of surpassing beauty, a genius, a Taoist fairy, an ascetic, a poet, a brilliant person, a refreshingly candid person, a woman who sneers men, a woman who attracts men, etc. These are Hwang Jinyi's essential characteristics and charms. And these various names become motive power which continues to recreate Hwang Jinyi in novels, soap operas, movies, cartoons, musicals, etc. in modern times by stimulating the literary and cultural ability to arouse principles, public opinions, and thoughts.