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Korean SF Narratives and Cultural Sociology - From Narratives for Modern Times to Postmodern Narratives

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2019, 55(), pp.1-23
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2019.55..1
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : May 10, 2019
  • Accepted : June 4, 2019
  • Published : June 30, 2019

Ji-Yong Lee 1

1건국대학교

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ABSTRACT

The genre of SF that began with the modern scientific technology, was introduced for the enlightenment of scientific technology recognized as a symbol of westernization in Korea, in the late period of the Joseon Dynasty. So, Korean SF not has meanings and characteristics of narratives as a genre, as well as meanings by interacting with social phenomena. Thus, examining characteristics of Korean SF narratives could be a methodology of viewing changes in the perception of scientific technology in Korea, while also verifying the culture changed by scientific technology, and inflection points of the perception derived from it. Changes in Korean SF narratives, show different aspects in accordance with social changes. Working as a tool for the enlightenment of scientific technology in the late period of the Joseon Dynasty, is a remarkable characteristic. After that, it was not largely expanded or changed, by going through colony and war. It shows narrative characteristics such as playing a role as propaganda, or training aids for scientific knowledge, and learning for adolescents. Also, due to delayed perception of science and influence of special social phenomenon such as the state of division, diverse attempts of the genre were limited. However, in the 21st century, owing to influence of rapid development of scientific technology and institutionalized scientific technology, Korean SF narratives started showing possibilities different from the past. Sticking to diverse values to move forward after the modern age, Korean narratives are evolving towards becoming an avant-garde culture and arts genre. So, the statement of the expanded significance of Korean SF narratives will play an integral role in expanding the boundaries of Korean culture in the future.

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