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Representations of Scientists in Contemporary Korean Science Fiction -Centered on the novels of Kim Cho-yeop, Shim Nae-ul, and Jung Bo-ra

  • Journal of Popular Narrative
  • 2023, 29(3), pp.69-103
  • DOI : 10.18856/jpn.2023.29.3.003
  • Publisher : The Association of Popular Narrative
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : September 20, 2023
  • Accepted : October 21, 2023
  • Published : October 30, 2023

Duckgu Hong 1

1포항공과대학교 소통과공론연구소

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ABSTRACT

Science fiction is a genre that deals with science and technology, so it's only natural that it's interested in the way science and technology exist and are implemented in the real world. Scientific researchers and scientific research organizations are not uncommon subjects in contemporary Korean science fiction. The purpose of this article is to examine the representation of scientists in the science fiction novels of Kim, Cho-yeop(김초엽), Shim, Nae-ul(심너울), and Jung, Bo-ra(정보라), and to analyze the ways in which contemporary Korean science fiction deconstructs the mythical representation of scientists and the illusion of scientific objectivity. Kim Cho-yeop, a well-known writer with a background in science and technology, frequently features female scientists in her novels. The female scientists in Kim Cho-yeop's novels are both the cause and the solution of events, and they are also confident subjects who do not doubt the possibility of self-perfection and solidarity through science. On the other hand, the scientific researcher/scientist in Shim, Nae-ul's novels is swept unwittingly into a mega-narrative in which dominated by the logic of capital and power, and in the process, he or she creates huge unintended effects. Shim, Nae-ul memeizes this always anxious aspect of the scientist's existence. In the case of Jung, Bo-ra’s novels, it cynically recreates the problem of Marx's 'alienation of man by man', which is repeated in the world of science, the most sophisticated artisan of knowledge labor, even in late capitalist societies.

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