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A Study on Jin Tai Quan Zhuan (金臺全傳): A Narration in the Form of a Xylographic Book

Myungsin Kim 1

1한양대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article studies The Complete Story of JinTai(金臺全傳), a Korean and Chinese xylographic book, and wishes to makes a case for the value of this work. The Complete Story of JinTai, is an anonymous Xia-Yi (俠義) novel from the late Qing Dynasty. The oldest edition is atRare Book Library. This work was published in 1881 when Emperor Guangxu (光緖) ruled China. Currently, a copy of this book is at the Kookmin University Rare Book Library, however, it is somewhat different in form from that in the Nanjing Library. But. The Complete Story of JinTai narratives the life story of the hero, Jintai (金臺). Jintai's appearance, alliance, ordeal, contribution, and return proceed sequentially, thus, the story gradually explicates Jintai's heroic aspects. Jintai is a young hero. Exceptionally, he married an official dancing girl. He values honor, hangs out with friends, slays a wicked villain, to the defense of the country, and eventually becomes a king. The than is categorized as conductor, strategist, activist, intuitive type. They are from Geumsan Mountain, took a pledge of brotherhood, and try to resolve a national crisis. The remarkable Jintai fights wicked enemies and does battle with the villains in many conflicts.

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