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Sexuality in <Byungangsoiga>

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2011, (23), pp.101-132
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

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ABSTRACT

It has been a important matter that the narrative of <Byungangsoiga> was not organic. I intended to explain the structure of <Byungangsoiga> as a literal discourse about sexuality. There was fear for sex and sexual desire of community where Ongnuy was thrown out and Byungangsoi was killed. Because of the fear that a man could not defend himself from a sexual woman, and at last the community must be destroyed, Ongnyu must be expelled from her community. They have treated her a monster and as the same way Byungangsoi was punished. Byungangsoi's powerful sexuality was treated as a sign of social unsoundness. So the communities punished them not for the guilty of present but for the danger of future. There was a tension between the desire of individual and the violence of community in the second half of <Byungangsoiga>. Byungangsoi did not give up his sexual tenacity with dying. So his death did not mean the success of punishment. Instead his death showed the violence of the community and obtained the cause of resistance. It was through the moral dilemma that the resistance was realized. For the funeral service, Ongnyu the wife of Byungangsoi had to have sexual relationship with a strange man. In this dilemma, the dogma of moral standard was deconstructed. By the way, the scene of the funeral was very fun and cheerful. Because the curse of Byungangsoi was against the power of community, the social hierarchy was destroyed and the festival was held in the equality of the curse.

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