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The Creation of Okseonmong and the Use of Literature(2)

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2022, (56), pp.75-122
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : January 25, 2022
  • Accepted : February 16, 2022
  • Published : February 28, 2022

Lim Chi-kyun 1

1한국학중앙연구원

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ABSTRACT

Known to have been written by 宕翁 (Tangong) in the late 19th century, Okseonmong has an encyclopedic character and actively uses Chinese literature throughout its composition, as this study demonstrates. The contents are adjusted according to the growth of the protagonist, and thereafter, content from Chinese literature plays a particular role in this work. It can be seen that the author maintained a creative stance of incorporating culture into the narrative. The use of the content from Chinese literature takes the form of listing knowledge, information, discussion materials, and poetry. While this conclusion may be said to apply to all classical novels that impart knowledge and information, Okseonmong shows a unique pattern that is a focus of this paper. The use of literature in Okseonmong is relevant to the wide-ranging reading culture in the late Joseon Dynasty and the creative practice of classical novels of imparting knowledge and information. However, the author of Okseonmong goes beyond that, using the narrative to highlight the contents of the literature he knew and unfold his knowledge of literature without hesitation rather than pursuing a narrative interest.

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