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Yi Ok’s Literary Inclinations and Distance from Yu Deuk-gong

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2020, (77), pp.5-40
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.077.01
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : April 8, 2020
  • Accepted : May 6, 2020
  • Published : May 31, 2020

HAN, YOUNG GYU 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper is aimed at examining more extensively the relations between Yi Ok and Yu Deuk-gong, his cousin by a maternal aunt, in order to reilluminate the literary tendency of the former from a new perspective. The literary journey between Yu Deuk-gong and Yi Ok is similar but is also extremely opposite. It is similar in that as a calligrapher from Gyeonggi-do, he devoted his energy to poetry and sentences and grew up to be a literary figure representing the 18th century. However, due to their differences in literary trends, they indeed showed big differences in terms of the evaluations and courtesy they received from the king. With the cooperation of the king, Yu Deuk-gong started from a low position and served in a high position. In comparison, his younger brother Lee Ok was punished in the wake of the Literary Style Reform Movement, which denounced the newly emerging creative writing style, but he still maintained his identity as a writer. In the 18th century, two distinct groups of writers coexisted inside and outside the government. They created a unique literary world of different colors. However, those writers outside the sphere of the government were executed and punished. But such government punishments made their literary color clearer.

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