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A Study of Communication in The Lay of Igor`s Campaign

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2019, (74), pp.95-133
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.074.04
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : July 8, 2019
  • Accepted : August 6, 2019
  • Published : August 31, 2019

CHOI Jung Hyun 1

1성균관대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper is aimed at examining The Lay of Igor`s Campaign, an anonymous epic poem written in the Old East Slavic language, from the perspective of the strategy of communication. The poem revolves around a unsuccessful raid by Kniaz Igor Svyatoslavich, Prince of Novgorod-Seversk in 1185 on the Polovtsians tribe residing in the southern area of the Don region. In a sense, The Lay of Igor`s Campaign can be said to be the text for "communication." From a historical point of view, the inadequate communication of Chernigov's prices against Kiev, who enjoyed its authority as a medieval Kievan Rus`, and the resulting dogmatic and defeat of Chernigov princedom against nomads’ tribes of steppe, even though the expeditions of Chernigov's princes were wrong, the other appearances that dismiss Rus` in a crisis are the result of lack of communication and failure. An anonymous author of a work that knows this well, says that the most important element in her work is the very itself of communication. In order to deliver a message that internal unity is needed against external enemies and to unite and unite the Kiev-Russian followers, the author tries to communicate with the listener/reader as the recipient of the text. In other words, as an important constructive orientation of the work, the intention to communicate through harmony between the voice of the other and the artist's own voice is realized even by the alternation of the masculine and feminine voices. In addition, in order to communicate with the listener/reader most actively and efficiently, the artist also takes full advantage of the flexibility of the genre, which is a characteristic of medieval literature in general. Thus, the significance of this paper can be found in that it can fill a small empty loop in the accumulated research of medieval East Slavic epic in terms of communication strategy about The Lay of Igor`s Campaign.

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