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The Proletarian Drama in the 1920's and the Performativity of Emotion

LEE MINYEONG 1

1경북대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article explores the relationship between the issue of ‘emotion’ and the proletarian drama in the 1920's in Korea. Until now, the achievements of preceding studies on the proletarian drama are precious from the Realism point of view but there are several matters. Most of all problems, the proletarian drama had interpreted by an angle of the KAPF and its criticism. Those tendencies of studying have made interpretation and understanding about the proletarian literature that have thought an advanced stages of the theory of evolution. Through issue of ‘emotion’, we can get the new angle for understanding about literature under a chaotic age in the history of Korean. The emotion is new keyword of interpretation that has performative nature to make the crack about powerful discourse and to create new discourse because of the emotion which can show the dynamic relations between individuals and a society. These ‘performativity’ can make new changed discourse which is practical to encounter the realities of life. The proletarian drama shows to us about colony life. The works represented various voices and feeling of colonial people those are fear, anger, ethnic emotion and so on, to represent colonial. The ‘fear’ is emotion that lower class have it. it has ambivalence that people feel fear from colonial system and the feeling send back to the system. So, it can have power of resistance. The ‘anger’ is emotion that elite or intelligentsia have it. it wrapped beautifully. It arose from contemplate attitude that is far real life. Nevertheless, It could make ‘Public Sphere’ called the socialistic republic in reality, by stand on colonial people's public welfare. Moreover, those dramas used to the ‘ethnicity’ as strategy for agitation propaganda. It most important concept because, it use same experience of people and then some future that people want to be. These style that uses the 'ethnicity' or 'ethnic emotion', that can also discover in the pro-drama after 1930. On conclusion, those the tendency of emotion can explain about it used for Enlighten the audience. Furthermore, those various layer of emotion represent wretched colonial life, show necessary action up against to Empire. To oppose about japanese coercion, it is duty of art and as proletarian works at the times.

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