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A Study on the Literature Theory of Hong Naksun

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2020, (50), pp.139-172
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2020.50.139
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : July 22, 2020
  • Accepted : August 12, 2020
  • Published : August 31, 2020

Ha Ji Young 1

1세종대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to examine the literary theory of Cheongryu group in the mid 18th century, focusing on the literature theory of Hong Nak-sun. Hong Nak-sun's literary theory is meaningful in that it shows the background and unfolding aspect of ancient prose(古文) theory in Joseon. He criticized the literary worlds of those days, which was enthusiastic to study the expressional techniques by applying the writings of Dang-Song as a prime example. In order to raise the level of writing, he emphasized the writings of Qin-Han, especially Shiji, as a prime example. He has repeatedly read the writings of Qin-Han to acquire Energy(氣) and Thought(意). In addition, he advocated Jaedoron(載道論) and pursued to express universal ethics in concrete facts and plain style. Such literary theory is similar to the art theory of the Noron Cheongryu literary group represented by Lee Yun-young and Lee In-sang. These antiquarianism and moral literary theories reflected the conservative view of the Cheongryu literary group, and at the same time, they were sometimes used as the basis for advocating their lives by being dedicated to literary arts. Cheongryu literary group can be used as a clue to see the detailed composition of Noron literary group and the changing aspect of literary theory and reveal the origin of Yeongam group literature.

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