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A study on Language andimage discourse in Souvenir de Séoul, Corée:1900

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2015, (32), pp.633-670
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Hwang In Soon 1

1서강대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this essay will analyze the language and image discourse in Souvenir de Séoul, Corée:1900 of Maurice Courant. Souvenir de Séoul, Corée:1900 was described to introduce Seoul and Korea for Great Exhibition of the works of Industry of All nations in Paris with his preface and photos. In Souvenir de Séoul, Corée:1900, the preface and photos are arranged independently: photos are not displayed within the frame of language narrative. After completed preface in front part, photos are to construct their own narrative. On the contrary to language discourse which clarifies the specific context such as Great Exhibition, image discourse can be coded in the more generalized context. It is because that this text has this own specific display structure. Consequently, readers omit certain context in image discourse not like as in language discourse. Not overlooking the perspective from the Great Exhibition from the whole text, the perspective of Courant in Souvenir de Séoul, Corée:1900 is considered as neutralized and original thanks to this strategy of discourse. Seoul and Korea is framed by the foreign perspective in Souvenir de Séoul, Corée:1900. This perspective is not only as the perspectives of imperialism and orientalism neither the naive-positive. From the specific representation in language and image discourse, this text can show the more multi-layed inter-directional perspective.

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