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The fifth column by Kim Seong-jong -crevices in self-censorship under the Youshin regime-

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ABSTRACT

It is an irony of 1970s that a korean detective narrative formed under the Youshin regime, time of emergency measures, military dictatorship and self-censorship. This paper proposes to analyze internal crevices in the narrative of two novels written by KIM Seong-jong, representative mystery writer of 70s-80s : The last witness and particularly The fifth column to examine how such irony was possible. For this, I observe the sociocultural background which allowed the detective narrative to establish in Korea, as well as the evolution from intimidation in self-censorship to emergence of a new individual and to personal recreation. Then I examine how the self-censorship is represented in The fifth column and what effects the crevices included in its narrative strategy make during the reading. Finally this paper proposes to see in this text the emergence of an autonomous political subject and an unaware overture to a currant of political wishes showed by the 80s' mass.

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