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Gender and Politics of Historical Drama ―Focused on Seondeokyeowang,Ppuri Gipeun Namu, and Yookryongi Nareushya

  • The Journal of Korean drama and theatre
  • 2018, (62), pp.229-258
  • DOI : 10.17938/tjkdat.2018..62.229
  • Publisher : The Learned Society Of Korean Drama And Theatre
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : August 7, 2018
  • Accepted : September 7, 2018

YANG GEUNAE 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study aims to analyze the method and meaning of the representation of female character in historical television drama since 2000s. Since then, many historical dramas that treat individual person in history and female character through microhistorical approach have appeared. Especially dramas that were written by Kim Younghyeon and Park Sangyeon like Daejanggum(Jewel in the Palace), Seondeokyeowang(The Great Queen Seondeok), Ppuri Gipeun Namu(Deep Rooted Tree), Yookryongi Nareushya(Six Flying Dragons) are meaningful because they affirm the female characters' ability that isn't limited to secondary role for nation discourse. Daejanggum that became turn-off point of new historical drama showed the expectation that main character in historical drama could be set as female character. Seondeokyeowang expanded the extension of femininity with the representation of the political confrontation between two main female character. Ppuri Gipeun Namu and Yookryongi Nareushya broke the boundary of the convention of Korean historical drama, And they are distinctive because they created new characters who didn't exist in real history and disposed female characters to leading role. This point reveals that dramas written by Kim and Park desire to rewrite history of present rather than restore the history of ‘official’ story. Through this study, gender unconsciousness appearing in historical drama and its development aspect will be discussed more specifically and representation ethics of Korean historical drama will be discussed in more concrete basis.

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