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The Popular Enjoyment Strategies Based on the Narrative Characteristics of Pak Kyong-ni’s novel Toji

Park Sangmin 1

1강남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article analyzes the narrative characteristics of Park Kyong-ni’s novel Toji and describes the popular enjoyment strategies based on them. Toji is very difficult to read. Because it is too long. In addition, the narrative keeps breaking. So it is very hard to focus on reading for a long time. For this reason, despite Toji being recognized as a representative work of Korean literature, it is rare for people to completely read Toji. Based on an awareness of this dynamic, this paper proposes a new reading method for Toji. The essence of new reading method is to be more ‘loosely and tolerant’ read, away from the burden of being able to understand the work properly if the entire work is completely read. In this article, I suggest the publication of an abridged version of Toji, a transformation of genre, and popular cultural events. Especially, if several shortened versions are published and compete with one another, a single abridged copy may come to stand out over time. This will be a significant contribution to the popularization of other literary works. As such, the popularization strategy for Toji may become an important model for the popularization of other works of art. It will be an important touchstone for the interpretation of various Korean classics and for the enrichment of national culture through freely changing genres.

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