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Feminine Consciousness Shown in a Song with Material of Concubine—Centering on a Song Titled <Keuneomeoni>

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2011, (23), pp.195-229
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Jungar Lee 1

1세종대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study was prepared in order to explain feminine consciousness,which is being delivered through wife's change and concubine's shape,which are shown in a song titled <Keuneomeoni(the wife of the elder brother of one´s father)>, which is a typical song with material of concubine sung by common women. The song <Keuneomeoni> has ever been known already as a song that reveals feminine subjective conscious -ness through diverse and delicate discussions of scholars in the past. What this study notes includes a wife's change, which is indicated in a song, the characteristic of feminine consciousness, which is exposed this changing process, and the significance of raising its problem. In a song <Keuneomeoni>, a wife's behavior and mental change are progressed as follows. Waiting for a husband → getting angry after waiting, visiting a concubine → changing mind after seeing concubine,returning home → lamenting, suiciding, being glad after listening to news on concubine's death. Through these three kinds of narrative progression, a wife's change can be known. First of all, anger, which was stirred by a sense of loss that long waiting brought, leads to behavior of visiting concubine's house. The wife's behavior of visiting concubine's house leads to a mental change as saying of being enough to do so with facing concubine again. After then, the wife is still revealing the reservations and feelings with showing diverse conclusions such as lamenting, missing, suiciding, or imagining concubine's death after returning home again. Even the concubine, who appears in a song, appears with leisurely and bountiful image unlike the social stature of being possessed in reality,and treats and entertains Keuneomeoni(the wife of the elder brother of one´s father) very kindly, who visited with extreme sense of anger. The concubine's this shape reflects double sight of wife, who looks at the concubine. It is captured self-consciousness, which was adapted to masculine desire, in comparison with her miserable appearance, along with recognition that the concubine is existence who needs to treat her very kindly. Also, the concubine's colorful household furniture, which is indicated in a song, can be seen as literary rhetorical device, which speaks for the wife's falsely mind. In a song titled <Keuneomeoni>, the specific worry and conflict are being indicated on how a woman needs to proceed with living by being adjusted to the reality that masculine oppression is justified. The aspect of this conflict makes diverse conclusions mentioned with sticking to the reservations in its boundary to the end. The presentation of a problem,which is being delivered through feminine consciousness of hanging around the boundary of conflict and compromise, was just the expression of subjective self-consciousness in powerful woman.

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