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The Dismantling and Reforming of Family Concepts -Focusing on the novels of Yeom Sang-Seop: 『Three Generations』, 『Fig』, and 『Line of Discontinuity』-

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2009, (44), pp.29-47
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : December 21, 2008
  • Accepted : July 28, 2009

Kim Seong Yeon 1

1동덕여자대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Yeom Sang-Seop’s 『Three Generations』, 『Fig』, and 『Line of Discontinuity』 are a trilogy that organically depicts the process of the concepts and boundaries of the dismantling and reforming of the family in Korea during the 1930s. Through these three stories of family, we can examine the process of society’s capitalization, the antagonistic relationships of the process in which the existing feudal concept of the family is gradually dismantled, and the discovery of the ‘individual’. While hoard, a form of the feudal system, is slowly converted into capital, currency is substituted for the absolute authority of the patriarch and the feudal ideology which controlled the former family systems is being deprived of its power. At that point, the ‘individual’ who has been freed from the feudal family appears, and a “home-centered family”, the new paradigm of family composed of the combination of individuals emerges. The newly-formed concept of family means that the boundary of family is narrowed to husband, wife, and children; love appears on surface as a condition for marriage; and the stressing of the role of a friendly-father whose patriarchal authority has been castrated.

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