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History, Its Circling and Displacement -Innovation in Lay of Igor’s Campaign-

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2020, (76), pp.59-95
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.076.03
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : January 9, 2020
  • Accepted : January 31, 2020
  • Published : February 29, 2020

CHOI Jung Hyun 1

1성균관대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The view on history exposed by the author of the Slovo o Polku Igoreve can be seen as a repetitive one, presenting the current reality as a reproduction of a past reality’s variation. In the same way as the historical facts that are repeated over and over again were seen as the negative elements which brought about a crisis to the contemporary Rus’, overcoming the crisis ― if analyzed through the prism of naturally putting old history to rest and of comparing the ‘old’ with the ‘new’ age ― can be further thought as a question of a ‘difference’ from the past, or the ‘innovation’ of the period. The attitude of catching up with the factual meaning of history thoroughly following the cause-and-effect relationship and a strict sense of historical inquiry of the Slovo’s author, who attempts to find a solution to the disorder of the present by delving into the chaos of the past, among many others, demonstrate an aspect different from that of the traditional ideas of the contemporary scribes. Based on such an innovative perception of history, the author reveals his inclination toward a ‘new’ history, different from the chaos-ridden old history. As a part of his understanding of the world, his historical view does not end here but rather moves on to traverse the depths of the ‘new poetics’, which has grown enough to reflect the new age.

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