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Motherhood and Sisterhood: the Issue on Intimacy in Modern Adaptations of Janghwa and Hongryeon-jeon

Roh Jiseung 1

1인천대학교

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ABSTRACT

The classic novel Janghwa and hongryeon-jeon has been adapted in the 20th century into modern novels and movies. The acts of adaptation like deleting, adding, and altering the original text are produced by the active interpretation on the original text. Since Janghwa and Hongryeong-jeon deals with the topic of motherhood and sisterhood, this novel particularly winning sympathy of women readers and could be reproduced into other kind of genres like modern novels or film even after the conception of the family was changed. In the 1930s, modern writers Lee Sunhee and Lim Okin, who were the reader of classic novel Janghwa and Hongryeong- jeon, also wrote modern versions rewriting and deconstructing original text. Their Novels-Rouge(「臙脂」) and The confession of a second wife(「後妻記」) explored the self-consciousness of women and the problems of forced motherhood from the point of the stepmother. While these texts written by modern female writers was a sort of deconstructive reading about classic novel Janghwa and Hongryeong-jeon, movie Janghwa and Hongryeong-jeon made in 1972 was the adaptation maintaining the basic storyline of original text but enlarged on the aspects of women’s rights to inheritance, female communication, sisterhood.

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