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The Investigation into the Ouyang Xiu’s Acceptance Pattern of The Biography of the Six to One Layman -Based on Gi(記) of Dang(堂), Heon(軒) and Jae(齋) in the Late Joseon Period

Soojin Kang 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aimed to investigate a pattern of the self or an individual in the late Joseon Dynasty, based on Gi of a house created by transforming The Biography of the Six to One Layman by Ouyang Xiu. The Biography of the Six to One Layman is the biography that Ouyang Xiu wrote when he planned his life after his retirement from office. When the Gi of a house was created by transforming The Biography of the Six to One Layman, the space of a house was given to the biography and the identity of the self or an individual was defined through things in the space. This Gi appeared after the 18th century. This study analyzed the Gi, created by transforming The Biography of the Six to One Layman, to find out a pattern of Gi of space. By doing so, it investigated the reason why this phenomenon appeared in a specific period. The Gi created by transforming Ouyang Xiu’s The Biography of the Six to One Layman showed its identity of an individual through a space, where the individual and his possessions existed together. The reason why this phenomenon appeared in the late Jeseon Dynasty was closely related with the urban culture of that time. At that time literary men in the urban culture explained or described their antiquarian paintings and calligraphic works they had through their writings and paintings, most of which were focused on exposing their taste. However, the Gi transforming The Biography of the Six to One Layman, going further, tried to show the identity of the self or an individual through things loved by the writer. That is to say, He set a space where the possessions were put like a house or a study, and exposed the identity of an individual through Gi of the space. The Gi transforming The Biography of the Six to One Layman was to define an individual through things, in which a way of expressing an individual along with the urban culture was shown through a genre of Gi. It is significant because it shows a pattern of the way that describes an individual in the late Joseon Dynasty.

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