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The 1960s and the Subject of Statement Who Cannot Make a Statement and the Pattern of “Two” -With Much Focus on Lee Chung-jun’s an Unwritten Autobiography-

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2014, (55), pp.45-72
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : September 29, 2014
  • Accepted : November 6, 2014

Koo, Seul Ah 1

1성균관대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This paper is aimed at reilluminating the status of Lee Chung-jun’s fourthnovel An Unwritten Autobiography (1969) and figuring out the message ofthe work with much focus on a new frame of reference. The first chapter ofthis paper is devoted to examining - based on a review of previousresearch - the novels in the 1960s during which An UnwrittenAutobiography was written. The existing studies have categorized the novelsin the 1960s as either “transitional literature” - situated between theafter-war literature of the 1950s and the people’s literature in the 1970s -or a genre of “modernism literature” as a completely new literary mode. Taking up the latter position, this study examines how the response of thewriting subject,” or “writing” itself, to the projected mode of modernity couldbe formalized through the pattern of novels. The speech of An UnwrittenAutobiography throughout is characterized by the dual form, ambivalence,reiteration of binary elements, and the distortion between the two. The newframe of reference of this study, therefore, boils down to the issue of number “two.” Based on these and other studies, the final chapter of this paper attempts to seek for the (im)possibility of writing - one of the key questions of An Unwritten Autobiography.

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