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Externalization and Internalization in Samdugumibon

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2022, (56), pp.319-348
  • 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

Ryu Jeong Wol 1

1홍익대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to discuss the dynamic cultural phenomena of monster narratives in Samdugumibon that appear in Korean shamanism. This study posits that Samdugumibon differs greatly from monster narratives, such as the story of eradicating underground national enemies. The difference is not in terms of sacredness or heroism, but in how the work fundamentally constructs the narrative about monsters and reproduces the shape of monsters. In addition, it is premised that the difference in the narrativization of the monster Samdugumi stems from external forces and dynamics that had no choice but to tolerate such a narrative rather than an internal and technical problem. Samdugumibon is different from master plots such as the Tales of Defeating Monsters in Underworld Nation, in that the narrative of the monster in Samdugumibon exists excessively and independently, and the shape of the monster is strange and asymmetric. In Samdugumibon, the conflict between the outside/inside and anxiety/comfort does not result in a perfect victory of “inside” and “comfort.” Unlike general master plots, the relationship between the inside and the outside in Samdugumibon remains a process of mutual influence that internalizes the outside and externalizes the inside. Finally, this paper asks why the outside of this text is still represented and narrated as having strong power after being eradicated and infers that it is related to Jeju Island’s straight and destructive view of death.

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