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The experiences and the representations of Chinese Kang-nam in Korean classical literature

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2013, (28), pp.5-54
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Ilyong Park 1

1홍익대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

As Baek, Rak-cheon(白樂天) referred “Kang-nam is great”, Kang-nam was the ideal place which had beautiful landscape, history, culture, even wealth and pleasure for writers in the Joseon Dynasty. Kang-nam was also a place that represented loyalty through Yee-Bee(二妃) and Gool-Won(屈原). In Choo-Hee’s(朱熹) <Mooyeedoga>(武夷櫂歌), Kang-nam was recognized as perfect place for rural life. The most important reason of cultural and geometric variations of Kang-nam in a lot of works in the Joseon Dynasty is, this place was an imagery that the writers had never experienced. However, before 1421 when Myung Dynasty transferred the capital to Beijing, Kang-nam was a historic place where the dynamics of the Korean Peninsula & China had occurred. In addition, it had a function as a port to import new culture and as a way for learning and seeking the truth. It also was a place where keen life stories were going on. Therefore, Kang-nam was not always an ideal place. It was rather recognized differently for writers as the dynamics of the Korean Peninsula & China, their attitude to China, and own situations.

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