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The Background of Lee Seunghee’s Trip to Beijing and the Mood of Friendship Poetry -Focusing on the Seoyoulok (西遊錄)-

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2021, (80), pp.5-37
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.080.01
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : January 7, 2021
  • Accepted : January 22, 2021
  • Published : February 28, 2021

Han, GilRo 1

1吉林大學

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ABSTRACT

In 1905, Japan forcibly signed a treaty with the Korean Empire. The fall of the country and the collapse of Confucianism were so shocking that intellectuals at the time considered immigration. Lee Seunghee (李承熙), the leader of the Hanju School (寒洲學派), was also one of the intellectuals who considered immigration. In 1908, 62-year-old Lee Seung-hee took a ship bound for Vladivostok, the border between Russia and China, where he devoted himself to establishing a Confucian community and building a base for the independence movement. In 1911, when the Xinhai Revolution broke out in China, he became a central figure in the Confucius Religion Movement (孔敎運動) and also grew to represent the Confucian scholars living in China. In 1913, he founded the Korean Organization of Confucius Religion Church of the Three Provinces in Northeast China (東三省韓人孔敎 會) in anticipation of overcoming the conflict and national crisis in the Korean community at that t ime. I n the w orks in Seoyoulok (西遊錄; The Records of Travels in the West), Lee manifested his own Confucian spirit and active will to put it into practice, neither resorting to minor Sinocentrism nor showing a trait of a Sinophile. At the same time, the book vividly records the reappearance and the elevated status of Korean Confucians in modern China. In short, the book marks a new beginning of the Modern China (Beijing) Travel Literature, which records the Korean Confucians’ travel to China in the new modern period, not based on the so-called previous routes, and shows an early appearance of the collaboration and cooperation between Confucians in Korea and China of the modern period.

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