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A Study on the Hybridity and Intertextuality of Jeong-Il Jang's Plays

Jeong, Bong-seok 1

1동아대학교

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ABSTRACT

Unlike most of the research on Jeong-Il Jang which mainly focussed on his poems and a few of his plays, this paper explores Jeong-Il Jang's entire plays to discuss them broadly and profoundly. It lays special focus on the essential principles of his plays: hybridity and intertextuality. One characteristic of Jeong-Il Jang's plays is that they contain a lot of texts of his poems, novels, and essays. Another is that they also consist of a lot of texts of domestic and foreign literary works that he read and cultural texts. Jeong-Il Jang referred the former and the latter to hybridity and intertextuality, respectively. If we analyze Jeong-Il Jang's plays with good understanding of hybridity and intertextuality, it is possible that we can find the mutual relation of his plays, which is not found when our discussion is limited to one of his plays, and interpret each play more profoundly. Consequently, the hybridity and intertextuality are considered to be an aesthetic principle of Jeong-Il Jang's plays and essential tool of reading his plays. The characteristics of Jeong-Il Jang's plays seem to be in line with postmodernism aesthetics: his hybridity and intertextuality are aesthetic devices that he created to overcome the contradiction of the reality that he failed to solve with realism-based methods. Those characteristics are also related to the subject of his plays, which is to confront the governing ideology of symbolism. A close look at the forms of Jeong-Il Jang's plays with and their contents in mind reveals that the hybridity and intertextuality of his plays are planned carefully and accurately.

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