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The Imagination of Novelistic Reproduction of Ming History and Character Composition in Classic Novels-Focusing on Manguibi in Ming History

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2019, (46), pp.5-50
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2019.46.5
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : July 11, 2019
  • Accepted : August 16, 2019
  • Published : August 31, 2019

Kim Moon Hee 1

1경기대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to research novelistic imaginations through the aspects in which Manguibi(萬貴妃), a historical figure in Ming history(明史) is reproduced as narrative events and characters in classic novels. Historical records on Manguibi originate from Manryuk- yawhackpeon(萬曆野獲編), an unofficial history and an official Ming history. Records about Manguibi in the Manryuk-yawhackpeon has more fictional characteristics than that of Ming history. Novelistic imagination which fictionizes Manguibi is maximized in our classic novels. In Ruhwanghujeon(劉皇后傳), Narration of Manguibi is reproduced as a narrative frame which reinforces hardship of hero and heroine. In Yuhyogong-seonhaengnok(柳孝公善行錄) and Hawmunrok(花門錄), the narration of Manguibi is composed of secondary narrations. This secondary narration is reproduced to have the same relation with key narrations. In Leessihyomunrok(李氏孝門錄), It appears that Ms. Man, an evildoer character mimicking Manguibi is newly composed. Novelistic reproduction of Manguibi and character composition like these can be possible due to novelistic imagination which novelizes the history. The narrative frame which reinforces hardship of hero and heroine in Ruhwanghujeon and the character composition of Ms. Man in Leessihyomunrok result from amusing imagination to reproduce evil and desire. The amusing imagination in classic novel enables to create more reinforced narrations on female villains and the character itself than real history. The composition of the same relation frame between key and secondary narrations in Yuhyogong-seonhaengnok and Hawmunrok result from critical imagination which shows hostility against foolish patriarch and King. Clemency for Ms. Man in the ending of Yuhyogong- seonhaengnok, Hawmunrok, Leessihyomunrok, and Ruhwanghujeon indicates the intervention of ethical imagination which reflects ethical views of readers. Thus, the narration of historical records about Manguibi is reproduced because it is historical material which can trigger amusing imagination, critical imagination, and ethical imagination from classic novelists.

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