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Gendered National Reconstruction and Lost Passion: Reading Park Kyung-ri’s 『Signature』(1959) again

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2019, 57(), pp.1-24
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2019.57..1
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : November 10, 2019
  • Accepted : December 3, 2019
  • Published : December 30, 2019

Kim EunHa 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

Park Kyung-ri’s 「Pyoryudo」(1959) is a problematic text that asks a woman if love can be elevating and a salvation. Park Kyung-ri captures the gentler political nature of social reconstruction through the love of female intellectuals of the liberation generation. The love of a war-weary woman who gave birth to an illegitimate child and its narrative of frustration will have to be identified in the stream of Zander’s history, in which the time of female self-reliance, leading to the colonial “new woman”, the liberation period’s “no”, and the post-war “apré girl”, are readjusted. From 1953, when the Korean War ended and the Korean criminal law took effect, until 1960, before the military coup took place, various social problems arose, including the rise of a war-ravaged population, the instability of livelihood, agitation of the traditional order, the spread of American culture, and a flood of crime and corruption. The nation’s response to such a precarious and unstable society was the politics of an abnormal thing or an unwritten one that invented a non-people based on the vague criteria of sexual promiscuity. The targets of state power were mostly women outside of their normal families.

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