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A Study on the History Fairy Tales of Son Jin-tae

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2019, (44), pp.31-63
  • DOI : ​​​10.20516/classic.​2019.44​.31
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : January 15, 2019
  • Accepted : February 19, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

Ryu Jeong Wol 1

1홍익대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper examines the combination of ‘history’ and ‘fairy tale’ in Historical fairy tales written by Son Jin-tae’. I want to look at the characteristics of historical fairy tales focusing on the strategies and effects that Son Jin-tae has taken to communicate historical information to children. To do this, I first selected the texts, which are historical fairy tales, among the stories written by Son Jin-tae and examined how they relate to the original texts. Nam-chang created historical fairy tales by borrowing realistic folk tales, fantastic folk tales and myths. As a result, not only are they realistic or real stories, but also fictional or fantastical stories. Nonetheless, his historical fairy tales do not include proper nouns, years, and war situations which do not match the original text. The new discourses in his history fairy tales are the personality of characters. The characters are portrayed as persons with individual qualities such as masculine/feminine gender and strength/weakness. Nam-chang uses a supplementary means to convey history in an objective way. And he assumes the children as readers who are members of a family and have intellectual curiosity. In this sense, the historical story fairy tales of Son Jin-tae are cognitive ones that utilize communion functions to indicate history exactly.

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