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Read An-bing-mong-yu-rok through the Garden Cultureof the Choseon Dynasty

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2019, (45), pp.281-316
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2019.45.281
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : April 15, 2019
  • Accepted : May 20, 2019
  • Published : May 31, 2019

Heekyung Shin 1

1성신여자대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper focuses on the garden as the material and place of creation as a way to understand An-bing-mong-yu-rok. I examined the recognition of the grandfathers of the garden and the description and garden of Shin Kwang-han. Through this, I tried to clarify the influence of the garden culture of the present day on the creation of the work. For the sadaebu(士大夫), The garden was a tool for connecting gyeogmulchiji(格物致知) to sugichiin(修己治人) by watching the landscape and cultivating flowers. And it was a space of self-discipline through nature. Considering the period of creation of An-bing-mong-yu-rok, garden of An-bing-mong- yu-rok is based on Shin Kwang-han’s ‘gijae(企齋)’. Shin Kwang-han(申光漢) did not take emotions into the objects of the garden. Therefore, he realized the truth of nature. This aspect has been applied to An- bing-mong-yu-rok. He used object’s own personality and objective information and embodied his life in An-bing-mong-yu-rok in a way that reveals his identity. As An-bing-mong-yu-rok is aimed at a harmonious appearance without conflicts in everyday space, there is no conflict with the world that was accomplished in the previous novel or sharp consciousness of the writer. This character of An-bing-mong-yu-rok shows a discrepancy between the nature of genre and the thematic orientation. Nevertheless, it is a clear indication of the characteristics of 16th century fictional novels that promote interest. Understanding An-bing-mong-yu-rok through the garden culture of the Choseon Dynasty clearly shows the aspect of the writer Shin Kwang-han, and way to reconstruct the literary historical location of An-bing-mong-yu-rok as a 16th century novel.

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