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The Publishing Status and the Process of Alteration of ‘Modern Study Materials for Writing Letters in Chinese’ according to the Publications from 1900s to 1950s

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2011, (24), pp.325-358
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Hong Insook 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This thesis has examined modern ‘Study materials for writing letters in Chinese’, constantly issued from 1900s to 1950s. The publications had particular publishing status by the period and the process of alteration. It was required to organize the information of the authors and the features of the system during the period, and to observe the process of alteration of the publications. The publications of ‘Study materials for writing letters in Chinese’ from 1900 to 1910 are the professional textbooks for practicing to write letters in Chinese. It suggests the original criteria of writing letters in Chinese. The ones published from 1920 to 1930 are more of guidebooks for writing letters, filled with example sentences of mixed Korean-Chinese characters arranged in Korean style. Last 10 years of modern times (1940 to 1950) is the period of decline of the publications that the roles and the functions of Korean grammar had tightened up. The process of alteration on the publications shows the changes of recommended styles for writing letters in Chinese. It gradually avoids the original Chinese writing styles and widely used Korean language to help readers understand Chinese writing styles. In addition, the alteration reflects ‘modern popularization of traditional knowledge’ in the period. The appendix of the publications proves the phenomenon. This part of the publications plays a role of showing the fragmentation of traditional knowledge and practicality of modern knowledge. In future, it is critical to study to explain the desire of the public which had showed an enthusiastic response to the study materials for writing letters in Chinese in modern times.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.