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The Representation of Violence in Jangkkijeon

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2020, (48), pp.97-125
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2020.48.97
  • 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

Choe Ochin 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to re-examine Jangkkijeon, with a special focus on the character of ‘Kkaturi’ as the victim of the story. Kkaturi had been exposed to multiple and repetitive violence, which were personal, structural, and cultural. In this regard, reading Jangkkijeon as a narrative of the victim might give new meaning to some of the endings of this piece which were considered unimportant or unusual. Furthermore, exploring how the violence affected Kkaturi’s mind and life would be helpful to understand the lives of victims of violence. In some versions of this piece, such as Jangseogak(藏書閣)’s and Lee subong’s versions, Kkaturi committed ‘reflexive violence’ to her own life. In these versions, she submitted to the threats of a violent Jangkki or put herself to death. Even if these endings are unexpected and shocking, it should be noted that they show serious and insightful recognition on the tragedy of violence. Meanwhile, in the Korea Univ.’s version, Kkaturi got married again to another Jangkki, named Jangdoryeong, who was with disabilities. This ending shows us a new perspective for her life through the solidarity of the two weak creatures, Kkaturi and Jangdoryeong. More attention needs to be paid to the various endings of Jangkkijeon presented in different versions.

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