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A Study on Family Narration in Yadam(野談) - From a perspective of the study on Gyeseojaprok(溪西雜錄)

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2021, (52), pp.5-33
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2021.52.5
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : January 26, 2021
  • Accepted : February 9, 2021
  • Published : February 28, 2021

Soojin Kang 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

Gyeseojabrok, a historical storybook compiled by Lee Hee-pyeong (李羲平, 1772~1839) during the first half of the 19th century, is composed of a total of four volumes. Volume one is a record of Lee Hee-pyeong’s family history, his personal experiences, and the stories he heard during his tenure as a local official. This volume is distinctly different in character from volumes two to four, which consists of stories based on legends from the distant past. Considering that Lee Hee-pyeong placed his family history in the first volume, it is clear that he valued his family record narration in the compilation of the historical storybook. Gyeseo󰠀jabrok is a historical storybook compilation that also includes the recorder’s family history, and this family history is of such importance that it accounts for approximately a quarter of the book. Only Lee Hee-pyeong’s Gyeseojabrok has this characteristic among the extant unofficial historical storybooks, but this aspect was not considered important in the previous studies. Therefore, this study aims to examine the characteristics of Gyeseojabrok as a family narration, focusing on volume one, and suggest directions for the study of Yadam (Unofficial Historical Stories).

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