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On the Symbolism & Historicity of the space of Gangnam in classical poetry

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2013, (28), pp.55-76
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Kim, Chang-Won 1

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ABSTRACT

In classical poetry, the word Gangnam, meaning to the south of Yangtze River, appears as various different names such as Gangsa, Sosanggang, Dongjungho, Chango etc. in which the most important feature of those areas lies in their nature of tragedy. And this symbolic space of tragedy appears frequently as a space longing for King or exile literature that depicts faithful subject, virtuous women as a main character. This imaginary space of Gangnam of such meaning appears mainly in the literature of Seoul yangban in Joseon Dynasty. As such it likely to reflects Shimsangjiri-the imaginative geography- of Seoul yangbans -noble men, who had been living over several centuries centered in Gyeongjeo (resident in Seoul)- Byelseo(resident outside Seoul). Furthermore, if it was related to the residential space of Seoul yangban, the original birth place of imaginative geography can be deemed to have come from center oriented directivity that yangban had at that point of age.

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