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A Study about Yeonam Park Ji-won’s <Seoyibangiksa>, Focusing on Awareness of Overseas in Late Chosun Dynasty

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2013, (27), pp.297-326
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Shin, Sang-phil 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

Korea is located at the perimeter of East Asia and its geopolitical condition had certain limitation, which was that Korea should collect all information through China. It was a chronic issue at the time caused by exchange with foreign countries only through land route. Exchange through sea route was required to overcome this limitation; however, it was very difficult in reality. Therefore, Joseon was yearning for information on overseas. During such period, information on foreign countries carried by the returnees, who survived a drift by chance, attracted keen interest of the intellectual class at the time. Seoyibangiksa (書李邦翼事) is one of such books, which was written by Yeonam Park Ji-won by the order from King Jeongjo. A person named Yi Bang-ik had met a storm on the sea and drifted to Taiwan. He came back to Korea through Jiangnan (South China) area and Beijing (North China). The route took by Yi Bang-ik in returning to home was quite new knowledge for Joseon intellects. At the time, King Jeongjo had given a royal command called Munchebanjeong (which was kind of downgrading the importance of writings on practical matter); however, Park Ji-won did not write Seoyibangiksa in accordance with royal command or took it as a simple interesting story. Park Ji-won tried to read contemporary reality through the situation in Jiangnan and surrounding area in China experienced by Yi Bang-ik. He raised the issue again toward the vain wish of ‘Bukbeol’ (expedition to conquer the north) by some Joseon nobilities through the return route of Yi Bang-ik. It can be understood as the combination result of intellectual interest of Bukhak School scholars, such as Park Ji-won, Park Je-ga, Yi Seo-gu, Yoo Deuk-gong and Seo Ho-su, with the return process of a drift survivor. Further, it was possible to understand it as a reconfirmation process of overseas awareness of intellects in late Joseon Period and the site of mutual exchange.

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