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Korean Popculture & Romance in the Korean Popular Novel of the 1950s from the Viewpoint of Date Place

KANG, OKHEE 1

1상명대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study is about taking a look into the aspect of the popular culture at the time and change of the dating culture or style by the dating course in the popular novels from 1950's. The object works to the analysis are , <Madam Freedom> written by Beesuk Jung, <Life Picture>, <The Star in the Lost Paradise> written by Raesung Kim, <Star in My Heart> written by Gyejoo Park, The popular novles from the 50's shows the change of the aspect of the crowd's life and their resentments really well than any other pieces of literatures. Furthermore, the dating place and the course consists the main place as the narratives of the romance story and also makes the story various and interesting. It is believed that it is available to figure out the aspect of life, rituals and even the pattern of the consumption of the people that time by following the route of their dating course in the story. So, it is able to see the dating culture and the life of the period realistically by the popular novels. The date courses in the popular novels from the 50's are various including a palace, countryside, a cafe, a Chinese restaurant, a theatre, a dance hall, an amusement park, a beach, a spa, a golf course, a department store, a grill, a water spring and etc. The dating place of the characters' shows the life of the people at that time and further, it reflects the trend and the rituals of the people at the time and it's very interesting to find out that the characters' intension and the aspect of the act differs by which place they go for the date. That is to say, where the characters live and be placed can appear as various meaning such as just be a place for consumption, place for the reflection of their pure love or sometimes for revealing their sexual desire. This study refers the dating course from the pieces above not only tells the audience about the characters' route of the movement, but also a place for reconstituting the cultural taste and the new cultural experience of the people in the 50's. Also, it is able to read the crowd's reflected desire by the semantic network of the meanings of the places. By accepting and experiencing the modern and new foreign experiences due to the dance hall or Hollywood movies which are embodied as the place for the new culture and sometimes as the place for the sexual desires, led people to experience about the theatre, grill, golf course or etc. Just the substitute experiences of keeping the tune of the foreign thoughts and the culture itself entertained the crowd.

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