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A Comparative Study of Yi-Sang & Abe Kobo's Literature -Focusing on the Space of Experiment and the Space of Fantasy-

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2014, (55), pp.211-252
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : October 22, 2014
  • Accepted : November 10, 2014

KIM HYUN HEE 1

1인하대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Yi Sang (1910-1937) and Abe Kobo (1924-1993) occupy a uniqueposition in the contemporary literature of Korea and Japan, respectively. YiSang was active during the Japanese colonial period and Abe Kobo afterWorld War II, when Japan was in ruins. When we look at their worksclosely, they deal with various areas such as mathematics and architecture,among many others. The structures of their works are diverse, too. It’s veryhard to understand their intentions because they use highly specializedexpressions. If we want to understand the true meaning of their works, wecould be able to extract some words and explore the process of creation andchanges. In this paper, I analyzed Yi Sang’s works from the perspective of “thespace of experiment” and Abe Kobo’s works from the viewpoint of “thespace of fantasy.” I wanted to reflect their literary world with much focus onthe number and schemes with which they used to express their works. Atfirst, in order to understand the literary world of Yi Sang, it is important tounderstand his vision of “the bird’s-eye view.” In case of Abe Kobo, weshould focus on his method of creation in terms of mathematical sublimation and internal contradictions. Especially, I attempted to analyze Yi Sang newly with much focus on“the disassembled characters” manifested in Jeonggamrok. Besides, I haveanalyzed Abe Kobo in creating an opposite world based on dialectic. Thepurpose of this paper is to take one step closer to the two greatcontemporary writers of Korea and Japan and discover their literarycapability.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.