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A Study on Chosun and Its People in Goncharov’s Frigate Pallada: Emic and Etic Approaches

  • 인문논총
  • 2015, 37(), pp.147-179
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Published : June 30, 2015

Jung Eun Sang 1

1경남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper studies Chosun and its people observed and recorded by Goncharov while applying emic and etic approaches to Goncharov’s travel book Frigate Pallada . Due to the fact that our study is based on only Goncharov’s book, a dichotomous research method using both emic and etic approaches appears to be a little insufficient from the anthropological perspective. This implies that our study is restricted to only Goncharov’s and Chosun native people’s viewpoints. Fortunately, however, a great number of dialogues between Goncharov and foreigners were carried on in writing. In particular, direct conversations between Goncharov and Chosun native people were conducted by writing Chinese characters, which were translated into Russian by some translators. And then Goncharov reinterpreted the translated texts on the basis of his own background knowledge and standpoint about Chosun and its people. On the other hand, it is clear that native people who Goncharov met in Chosun themselves judged Goncharov and his Russian party from their emic viewpoint. In conclusion, while using emic and etic approaches, this paper discusses social customs and traditions of Chosun described in Goncharov’s travel book.

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