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Consciousness Revealed in Regional Traditional Men's and Women's Work Songs and Differences between Them -Based on experimental discussions about men's and women's consciousness focusing on traditional folk work songs for weeding rice paddy and spinning hemp in Gyeongbuk provincial area-

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2009, (20), pp.225-248
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Jungar Lee 1

1세종대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to compare consciousness revealed in regional traditional men's work songs with women's ones, so that it could examine into men's consciousness untargeted by prior studies and demonstrate differences in consciousness between men and women as revealed between their regional traditional folk work songs. To meet the goal, the discussions of this study were limited to traditional folk work songs for weeding rice paddy and spinning hemp, which are contained in a CD volume titled Gyeongbuk province in ‘the Encyclopedia of Korean Traditional Folk Songs (1991~1996).’ And this study sought to outline major considerations of narration contained in these work songs. As a result, it was found that the said folk work songs for weeding rice paddy were mainly to reflect pains of hard labor on the field and workers' weary sentiment and express their realistic wishes, whereas the said folk work songs for spinning hemp were mainly to rhyme fictitious contexts without regard to reality of hard labor, revealing unrealistic aspects. But both the former and latter songs share a common point in a sense that they are all based on unambiguous knowledge about objective contexts of poor farm workers on the field. Particularly, it is found that certain differences in consciousness between men's and women's work songs are closely associated with their respective social environments. That is, men's work songs tend to comply with hegemony ideology and conceal or disguise any resistance or conflict that they could otherwise intend to reveal through songs. On the other hand, women's work songs tend to employ fictitious imagination far from realistic benefit or ideology and intend to reproduce their dream world in the rhyme of song.

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