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Graphing the King’s Voice: Reconstruction of Kyujangjŏnun through Network Visualization

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2022, (57), pp.121-166
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2022.57.121
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : April 12, 2022
  • Accepted : May 2, 2022
  • Published : May 31, 2022

JAMIE JUNGMIN YOO 1 Sung, Kiho 1

1연세대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper is aimed to visualize Kyujangjŏnun, one of the most influential rhyme books published in Choson Korea, paying particular attention to various network structures among the book’s rhymes and their relationships with the rhyme families. By applying social network analysis as a main research method, this study delineates the compiler’s intention which has been embedded in the formal features of Kyujangjŏnun. King Chongjo, who initiated the compilation project, envisaged the establishment of a new literary canon of the day through the careful regulation of literary forms. Visualizing Kyujangjŏnun using social network analysis, in this respect, is intended to identify the major elements the compiler chose to apply to constructing a new literary model. This study also serves as a preliminary study to support future research on the process of canon formation and literary censorship in late Choson Korea. How do editorial practices reshape the literary canon? Through the process of selecting, categorizing, and rearranging literary works, the late Choson government attempted to establish new literary canons. By contextualizing the interactions between the actual literary works proposed by the government and Kyujangjŏnun, which laid out the formal regulations, we will be able to delineate the ontology of textual interpretation and value of the day.

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