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A Study on the Fantasy in the Historical Others

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2008, 0(17), pp.293-318
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Ryu Jeong Wol 1

1서강대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This paper studies the fantastic features in the historical others. The term, 'the historical others' means a people who conspired against the king really or branded as a traitor. The historical others are studied an emphasis on 'real / false' or 'positive / negative'. It is very important the relation of the two terms, because the relation reveals the frame of the interpretation which the people produce and consume about the stories. This thesis considers the fantasy in the historical others by stages from a configuration to role in narratives. The characters are configured by animal nature. They are figured as a strange man who had scales, wings, or spirit of an animal like snake. The signs are so ambiguous that the consumers can read them negatively and positively. In addition that, the historical others play a role of hero and antihero in the same semiosphere. It is important the consumers have to integrate the negative and the positive value. The integration is not intervened in the process of story interpretation especially on 'the subject', like Lee, Hangbok(李恒福, 1556~1618), Shin, Sukju(申叔舟, 1417~1475). The reader or audience of the stories can judge of values, but the judgement can shift from negative to positive one or from positive to negative one very easily. Although a reader estimates the value of a character's act negatively, he can change his judgement in the next time according to the context. Because of the fact, the readers' identity can change very easily, too. Similarly, the identity of the group who enjoy the stories on historical others, can be changed by the response. The fantastic features which the historical others have can amplify the changeability of readers' identity.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.