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Modern Variations of the Story of King Xiàng Yǔ and Desires of Rewriting - focused on the short stories of Park Tae-won, Guo Moruo, and Chang Eileen

  • Journal of Popular Narrative
  • 2022, 28(3), pp.173-207
  • DOI : 10.18856/jpn.2022.28.3.005
  • Publisher : The Association of Popular Narrative
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : September 26, 2022
  • Accepted : October 11, 2022
  • Published : October 30, 2022

KIM MIJI 1

1단국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The history of Xiàng Yǔ, the king of Chu, has long been a source of literary reproduction in East Asia. Novelist Park Tae-won also portrayed the last day of Xiàng Yǔ through a short story called “The Last Night at Haeha,”(垓下의 一夜) and Guo Moruo’s “Suicide of King Xiàng Yǔ”(楚霸王自杀) and Chang Eileen’s “Farewell to My Concubine”(霸王别姬) transformed Xiàng Yǔ and concubine Yu’s ancient history into modern short stories. These three works can be compared with the reason why Xiàng Yǔ was called in modern literature. This is because themes such as desire of story, existence of the narrator, narrative and description, and changes in gender dynamics are derived in the imagination of the remaining parts of the historical description. Guo Moruo’s work actively tests the method of modern novels by maximizing the role of narrator along with the technical autonomy of description. Park Tae-won’s work, which focused on the inner portrayal of Xiàng Yǔ, describes the emptiness of solemnity, sadness, and enmity through contemplation and monologue. Both works take a different direction of portraying the outside and the inside, but they have something in common in that they capture a moment of a man, not a hero. Meanwhile, Chang Eileen’s work follows her inner side from the point of concubine Yu. This work is significant as a modern novel in that it emphasizes changes in gender dynamics through mirroring, which is the opposite of the existing male-centered narratives.

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