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Language Politics of Transformation and Ideology - A Study of Bae Sam-Sik's Yulha Ilgi Manbo -

Heo jun haeng 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper analyzes Yulha Ilgi Manbo, a play written by playwright Bae Sam-Sik, and classifies the implications of the work into three categories (physical, literary, and political) to integrate them into the language politics perspective. Yulha Ilgi, Park Ji-Won's record of his visit to Beijing and Rehe (Yulha) in China, was not an ordinary traveler's note; rather, it caused such political turmoil in the eighteenth century Chosun administration that the King himself referred to it as an indecent book. Similarly, for Yulha Ilgi Manbo, the outcome of the translation traversed across the journal. The political messages (in)advertently inscribed within and outside of the text are essentially the pursuit of eccentricity and abnormality, forming relations with strange objects. Through the process, Yulha Ilgi Manbo questions the essence of the strangeness-universality of singleness and singleness of universality-in the context of determinism. It does not simply encapsulate pessimistic resignation or optimistic desire; rather, it pulsates between them. This is when historicizing the unforgotten memory becomes critical. When dim traces of what is believed to have been forgotten are recalled, the present life obtains a power of creation that can be reorganized by connecting with the past and future. The summary or extent of such procedural practice is materialized in the form of language politics in Yulha Ilgi Manbo.

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