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The Aspects of Women Readers Contributions an d Formation Processes of 'Woman Subjectivity' in The Enlightenment Era

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2006, 0(14), pp.103-130
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Hong,In-Sook 1

1상지대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Women readers in late Chosun Dynasty were a major class enjoying novels that were regarded as a wild and sentimental. From modern enlightenment of 1900s, however, some women readers started to read not only novels but also newspapers that were transmitting useful knowledge. They acquired modern knowledge via newspapers and started to express their opinion and position about modernity from their own experience via readers contributions. Women readers contributions in modern enlightenment times were printed on newspapers such as Empire Newspaper(帝國新聞), Daehan Daily Newspaper(大韓每日申報), etc. and women magazines such as Yeojajinam(女子指南) Charity Women's Magazine(자선부인회잡지), etc. The contents can be roughly divided in two parts. The first is about the meaning of modern education for women and the second is about traditional sexual discrimination. The women readers contributions that contained the two subjects had common characteristics. While it showed resistive languages against ruling discussion, it showed obeying ones complying with ruling discussion. The reason why these contradictory language descriptions were shown at the same time is that women's speaking just began to appear in the society. The process started to enable women to form themselves as a woman-subjectivity. Women readers contributions in modern enlightenment times are important and meaningful data that have shown the process, "women's writing".

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