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The Background and Meanings of the Configuration of Exile Experiences Observed in Muinipchunchukseongga(戊寅立春祝聖歌)

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2015, (32), pp.185-219
  • 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

The purposes of this study were to restructure the time and space of creation for Lee Gwang-sa’s Muinipchunchukseongga, and to explain the structural logic and meaning orientation of the work. An external drive that led the author to write this work was the treason case in 1755. In the case, some of the radical Soron sect conspired to revolt against King Yeongjo’s rule, and Lee Gwang-sa was involved in the incident through his connection to Yoon Ji, the ringleader. Because of this happening, Lee was exiled to Buryeong, Hamgyeong-do, and he wrote this work there while experiencing the sufferings of exile in the unstable political situation. In the work, the speaker described the space of peaceful reign and his yearning emotion toward the king who had created the space, centering on two central axes, namely, eulogy and yearning for the king. The world, which was the object of eulogy recited by the author, was not an existing peaceful world but a dreamed ideal world. What is more, the speaker who was yearning for the king, without making a visible sovereign‐subject relationship, relied on the general ideology of the literati group rather than on personal relationships. The author’s gratitude and praise for the peaceful reign was his utterance to the society as an exile. The speaker emphasized the king’s reign and suggested repeatedly that he himself was in the community of this value, and by doing so, clarified his political position. In order to emphasize that there were principles to be observed between the ruler and the subjects and that there was a world to be exposed, the author assumed the attitude of whole‐hearted eulogy. In addition, behind this attitude was the logic of reconciliation with the regime represented by the master or king.

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