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The Multi-layered Characteristics of a Woman's Death in <Bangssijeon> and Its Meaning

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2020, (48), pp.71-96
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2020.48.71
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : January 20, 2020
  • Accepted : February 20, 2020
  • Published : February 29, 2020

Tak wonjong 1

1평택대학교

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ABSTRACT

The current study discussed the multi-layered characteristics and meaning of the death of Bang Sojeo in <Bangssijeon>, which is a Korean-version story that makes a part of <Yusaengjeon>, a fictional bibliographical love story in the 19th Century. In <Baengssijeon>, Bang Sojeo's death has multi-layered characteristics including tragedy in that she kills herself in a carriage for faith, a fantasy in that she revives around the graveyard after a sexual intercourse, and entertainment in that she participates in deceiving parents. The multi- layered character has the following meaning: the sexual suppression of the ideology that demands fidelity leads to the tragedy of suicide and it is distorted by the fantasy of revival after a sexual intercourse. And again, the entertainment of deceiving parents distorts the ideology of familial devotion. In this respect, <Bangssijeon>, unlike <Yusaengjeon>, is similar to heroic novels, transformed into an epic of a love story of a devoted woman with no heroic story and was mainly enjoyed by women as it distorted the suppression of contemporary women of the time using various rules of bibliographical novels.

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