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Unyeongjeon: Its Stylistic Features and Significance in the History of Korean Novel

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2013, (28), pp.253-292
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Eom Tae-sik 1

1한국학중앙연구원 전통한국학연구센터

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ABSTRACT

Unyeongjeon is a characteristic novel in respect to story-telling from the first-person view of a female narrator, and representing leading character of a court lady, and employing a Rahmennovelle structure. However, the above-mentioned features not only belong to Unyeongjeon, but were inherited from the traditional literary heritages of Romantic Jeon-gi novel and Mongyurok. Specifically, Unyeongjeon corresponds to both a Romantic Jeon-gi novel through Gimjinsa’s sexual desire and to Mongyurok through Yuyeong’s ambitions for success. By the 17th century, Romantic Jeon-gi novel tends to be a popular novel while disappearing allegorical tendency, because Mongyurok has already tightened its grip on the stylistic features of allegory from late in the 16th century to early in the 17th century. Unyeongjeon came into the world reflecting these currents of Korean novel history.

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