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A Study on the Characteristics of Peony and the Garden of Flowers in “Anbingmongyurok”

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2022, (57), pp.315-342
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2022.57.315
  • 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

Nam Hyekyoung 1

1이화여자대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study examines the theme of “Anbingmongyurok” (安憑夢遊錄) by comparing similar texts such as Shin Kwanghan’s collection of writings, “Gijaejip” (企齋集), and “Choi Hyunmi” (崔玄微) in Taepyeonggwanggi (太平廣記). Existing discussions have often described the flower garden kingdom as a corrupted space, and have stated that there was a confrontation between the female and male groups. However, if there is a confrontational structure in this work, there is room for it to be thought of as being between plants and rainstorm, as in 〈Choi Hyun-mi〉 of Taepyeonggwanggi. This is because there are many poems written by anthropomorphic plants related to rainstorm, as in 〈Choi Hyun-mi〉. In “Anbingmongyurok,” Shin Kwang-han mixes the images of Donghwang, Rainstorm, King, and husband. Thus, the female character’s melancholic sentiment toward her husband may also be understood as political rhetoric. In Shin Kwanghan’s collection of writings, “Gijaejip,” the spring day symbolizes the grace of the king, not a space of corruption. In addition, like the female characters of the flower garden kingdom, he left numerous poems that expressed regret over the fall of flowers and the aging of his body. The speaker of “Hwaisogyeong” (和離騷經) decorated himself like a peony and kept his manners and laws, but died after a long time without gaining the king’s trust. In conclusion, the flower garden kingdom and the Peony Queen were not objects to be overcome, but rather objects that reflected Shin Kwang-han’s inner self. The significance of this study is that Shin Kwang-han’s “Gijaejip,” which has been neglected until now in the study of “Anbingmongyurok,” served as principal reference material. It is expected that the author’s values will reveal the truth of the flower garden kingdom full of metaphors and symbols.

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