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An Essay on Conditions for the Formation of Ghosts

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2011, (23), pp.33-65
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

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ABSTRACT

The objective of this study is to explore the possibility of discourse on conditions for the formation of ghosts. Here, memory indicates ‘the accumulation of relations’ and ghosts are formed based on memory, namely, relations that a community has accumulated. Because ghosts absorb more incidents than humans, their scope of time is much wider than humans. With the potency, ghosts exercise their power upon fortune and misfortune, and foretell the future. On the other hand, the spatial range of ghosts’ activities agrees with the scope of belief upon which a village community is established. In particular, the violence of human ghosts is associated with stories behind community history, that is, the past that people want to forget, and it works as a power that demolishes the community. The memory has so strong static continuity that it may be understood as spatiality, but establishes identity across the com- munity and bears the dynamics of discourse resisting against external powers.

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