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The Comparative Theatrical Study on Kim Woojin's Perception of Woman

Kim, Jae Suk 1

1경북대학교

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ABSTRACT

Among Kim, Woojin's plays, Dudegisiineuihwanmyul has female protagonist. In Dudegisiineuihwanmyul, the female protagonist, Park, Jungja criticized the wrong male perception that they try to confine women to their home under the pretext of marriage. Kim Woojin revealed his point of view that they should protect the woman's rights and interests, criticizing the contradiction of male dominated society through Park, Jungja. Kim, Woojin's view-point that marriage is considered as the system suppressing the woman had much to do with his personal experience when he studied in Japan. In those days, Japan feminists tried to Japanize the western Ibsenism. Ibsen who published A Doll's House criticized the western male dominated society in terms that women are the members of society like men. In Japan such Ibsenism was accepted as the ideology that could liberate Japanese women who had suppressed under the system of a wise mother and a good wife from their home. Kim, Woojin's experience in this circumstance could create the female protagonists Kyungsoon and Park, Jungja. Kim, Woojin's Dudegisiineuihwanmyul was the trial to Koreanize the Japanized Ibsenism again. This resulted from Kim, Woojin's effort to refine the Japanized view-point of feminist movement to be suitable with the Korean reality. Nevertheless, because his works were based on Japanized Ibsenism, the fact that they couldn't express the painful reality of those colonial days can be pointed out as their limitation.

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