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SELF JUSTIFICATION OF MINORITY DISCOURS ON THE 17TH CENTURY - CONCENTRATING ON HEO-KYOON'S NAMGUNGSUNSEONGJEON (南宮先生傳)

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2012, (26), pp.401-424
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Jeon, Jin-ah 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

Heo-Kyoon(許筠; 1569~1618) was a writer who lived in middle age of the Joseon Dynasty. Although there have been a lot of accumulating results of Heo-Kyoon’s <NAMGUNGSUNSEONGJEON>, opposing opinions over whether his position on Taoist aspect was positive or negative haven’t been resolved. There is no doubt that <NAMGUNGSUNSEONGJEON> covers the theme of Taoist aspect since it contains the course of training to achieve the immortality that is described elaborately and many scenes where an assembly of Taoist gods. However, Heo-Kyoon’s stance on Taoist aspect has been in question. This is a problem which should be fixed through detailed and exhaustive analysis of his work. That’s because the problem ultimately starts with the author’s sense relevant to the subject. The narrative structure of <NAMGUNGSUNSEONGJEON> consists of narrative reiteration like ranging from Mr. Kwon(the master of immortality) to Namgung-Doo to Heo-Kyoon. In addition, the structure has pragmatics that gains its trust itself instead of depending on logic and evidence. Heo-Kyoon was able to justify his discourse and have his own authority by choosing the strategy for narration even though <NAMGUNGSUNSEONGJEON> dealt with Taoist aspect that was minority discourse of the time.

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