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A study on the aspect of family disagreement, which appeared in Yuyouncheon

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2006, (37), pp.101-124
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities

Sungtae Park 1

1성균관대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The lawsuit novels are the type of novels, which creates in the latter period of Chosun. The main subject of these novels is lawsuit against one’s own family, and these could show us that the various public orders of medieval Chosun are restless. Yuyouncheon (A story of Yuyoun) is one of the lawsuit noels of that time, this novel contains many typical lawsuit novel-subject such as the runaway legitimate son, the appearance of a fake son, succession of family pedigree, succession of family property and a judgment swayed by bad family members. In the most of the lawsuit novels, the main purpose of the family lawsuit is getting the right to superintendence the ancestral rite and this indicate who has the right to get succession of family finances. The metaphysicians of Human Nature caused these complications. The metaphysicians of Human Nature, who gained the high social position and one of a few opinion leaders in medieval Chosun denied the system of HyoungMangCheKeub (This word means that if the legitimate son is death, the right next younger brother will take care the family ancestral rite.). They insisted that HyoungMangCheKeub is a primitive system and also insisted that the family finances should go to the death legitimate son’s wife.

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