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Representations of 'Yang-ok(western-style house)' in Park Wan-Suh’s novels in 1970s

Chung, Hye-kyung 1

1순천향대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper tries to look deep into the relations between space and subject and power by analyzing the representations of residential space in the Famine of City and the Staggering Afternoon. Park Wan-Suh emphasized a residential space and highlighted the 'Yang-ok(wester-style house)' as a key representation of residential space. 'Yang-ok' stands for Korean social desire and contradiction in 1970's industrialization era. The disciplines of 'Yang-ok' which were composed with the collusion between patriarchal system and capitalistic ideology preserve oppressive order through discourse. Here comes the cynical subjects who know their reality but follow the self-conservative desires. Especially the woman character can try the spacial shift by otherness. And suicide in the Staggering Afternoon and homecoming in the Famine of City respectively show the extreme deconstruction of residence and the romantic restructure. They are very important in that they mean the denial of 'Yang-ok'. It can not give characters a true feeling of place. This means the ‘placelessness’ of the narrative and the Park Wan-Suh's understanding of 1970s. (Key words:Park Wan-Suh, novels in 1970s, modernity, space, power, subject, urban life, residential space, representations of ‘Yang-ok

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