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A Study on the discourse about Chosǒn national character and Chosǒn aesthetic consciousness : focusing on the An Hwak and Yanagi Muneyoshi's discourse

Lee Sun-Hee 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is examining a circulation and conflict of concepts and logics of the Chosǒn-ness by analysing the Chosǒn national character and Chosǒn aesthetic consciousness. As entering the modern period, we understood the nations as a unit of the artistic awareness. So, national art is defined as a national character expression from this period. The Chosǒn aesthetic consciousness by raising in this period, which is connected with the discourse of national character,carry out a discussional practice defining the Korean originality. However, there is a circulation and conflict of concepts and logics about the Chosǒn aesthetic consciousness in the process of a discussion. For the most representative examples are 'the white-clad folk' and 'the beauty of sorrow'. An Hwak and Yanagi Muneyoshi are representative debaters who try to establish the Chosǒn-ness and their discussion supports these facts. As An Hwak regressing of the respect for high antiquity, he demolished the historical character from the Chosǒn-ness and overlooked aesthetic differences by a periodical change. Yanagi Muneyoshi totally separates arts from politics and disposes of Korean arts in an abstract timeless-space. The function of such an early-modern period's discourse about Chosǒn aesthetic consciousness is that Chosǒn national character makes the dehistoricization and depoliticization.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.