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The Interaction of pleasure and moral in Chondamhaey[村談解頤]

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2009, (20), pp.197-223
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Ryu Jeong Wol 1

1서강대학교

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ABSTRACT

As a collection of funny stories, Chondamhaey[村談解頤] incorporates moral and philosophical evaluations of events or characters in those stories. Do the stories represent only pleasure whereas the evaluations and a introduction only morals? This paper studies how the text combines 'pleasure' and 'moral' in the text. This is important because the text was read by yangban[兩班] who intended to moral subject but included a lot of obscene stories. The events of the stories in Chondamhaey[村談解頤] have something in common, the sexual relationship and the use of trick. This paper considers the codes of interpretation at the two events. The sexual relationship is represented by an iconic code which needs to decode. And the identity and intention which is hidden by tricksters need to reveal. The process of decoding and revealment operates the intellectual play. The obscene stories can function as a social warning. The evaluations in Chondamhaey[村談解頤] focus on the immoral aspect of tricksters and the duty of dupes as yangban. Though the evaluations, the yangban reestablishes the dignity which is lost at the level of stories. The introduction says that all events have the principle and the truth and finding them depends on the ability of readers. This thought makes way to escape the blame that undesirable events and characters are figured in the text. Moreover the free of figure makes room for entertainments. We can the process that the moral produces the pleasure and the pleasure produces the moral in Chondamhaey[村談解頤]. Hjelmslev called this kind of relation ‘interdependance’. I mean by this term that the pleasure and the moral coexist in the text and one is a precondition of the other.

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