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Oriental Romance and (A)historical Imagination in Female Gukgeuk

Hwajin Lee 1

1인하대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article tries to examine the relation between (a)historical imagination and the genre formation in Female Gukgeuk from liberation to postwar, and to explain its ebb and flow by grasping the dynamics of isolation and implication between spectators’ reality and imaginative utopia. Female Gukgeuk, leaning towards popular narratives of history in its time, represented the ancient era, including Silla and the epoch of the three Kingdoms, as an era of abundance and romance—historical Imaginary, and in doing so established its genre base around the Korean War. However, the popular sensibility shifted away from the implication in romantic world and returned to the real world during the rehabilitation of postwar Korea. Accordingly, Female Gukgeuk was marginalized as the subculture of a particular generation, class, gender, and region.

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