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A Study on the Exile Experiences and the Mind of Yearning for the King Described in Soksamiingok

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2014, (29), pp.203-238
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

NamJeongHee 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study analyzed how the author was configuring his experiences in the place of exile in Soksamiingok written by Jin‐yoo Lee, who was one of Soron faction literati and was exiled to the Chuja Island in 1727. In the process of supplementing previous discussions, this study focused its discussion on what the orientation of consciousness was as revealed while the speaker was recognizing and reconstructing the space of exile. The main discussion analyzed the place of exile as double‐layered two spaces, and explained the meanings of experience that the speaker tried to express in the arrangement and placement of time and space. The emotion of yearning for the king exposed by the author in the space of exile was, while based on the morality of traditional ruler‐subject relation, was accompanied with the straightforward expression of personal emotion. In the work, exile did not simply mean a political failure but provided a motive for recognizing anew the moral power relation between the author and the king. In conclusion, in Soksamiingok the author expressed his emotion of yearning for the king outspokenly, and described personally experienced hardships realistically. Nevertheless, the author’s attitude shows the tendency of concentrating on the structure and thought sustaining the ideal ruler‐subject relation and, at the same time, advocating his political position. Furthermore, this suggests what position Jin‐yoo Lee’s Soksamiingok occupies in the development of exile lyrics written by literati in the late Chosun Dynasty.

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