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A Study on the Plot of Kim-hyun Gamho[金現感虎]-Focusing on Strengthening the Patriarchal Narrative Apparatus-

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2019, (45), pp.221-249
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2019.45.221
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : April 22, 2019
  • Accepted : May 20, 2019
  • Published : May 31, 2019

Kyungmi Kim 1

1이화여자대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This article analyzes the plot of Kim-hyun Gamho[金現感虎] written by Il-yeon[一然] and reveals its narrative character and interprets it in relation to the lives of women in the 12th century. Il-yeon writes the story of Kim-hyun and the reveals his own evaluation of the two stories, and honors the woman whom Kim-hyun met with. I consider the two stories and the whole evaluation as a plot of Kim-hyun Gamho. So in this study, I compare the story of Kim-hyun and the woman and the story of the Shin-dojing and the woman with each of the Howon[虎願] and Shin-dojing, and analyze Il-yeon’s evaluation of the stories at the same time. After juxtaposing the two stories, Il-yeon regards the wife of Shin-dojing as a traitor and the wife of Kim-hyun as a religious person who wants to make a sacrifice for herself and to build a temple. And Il-yeon regards Kim-hyun as a faithful religious figure. By the way, Il-yeon evaluates the act of a woman with focusing on sacrifice for family rather than love with Kim-hyun. As a result of this plot of sacrifice for man, plus a plot of a woman sacrificing for the family, Kim-hyun Gamho has a gendered plot with enhanced patriarchal character. It is a very interesting text from the point of view of epic. Because it shows a scene where two plots dealing with the love of a human/man and a tiger/woman compete and shows a scene where aejeongjeongi[愛情傳奇] turns into a Buddhist narrative. Through this, we can see one example of the transition of the narrative around the 12th century.

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