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The Influence of Overseas Theatre on Yeonguekpyeonron

  • The Journal of Korean drama and theatre
  • 2019, (63), pp.127-161
  • DOI : 10.17938/tjkdat.2019..63.127
  • Publisher : The Learned Society Of Korean Drama And Theatre
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : February 13, 2019
  • Accepted : March 1, 2019
  • Published : March 30, 2019

Chin-A Lee 1

1숙명여자대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study examines the influence acceptance relationship of overseas theatre theory by studying Yeonguekpyeonron(The Korean Theatre Journal) published by Yoh Sukkee in the 1970s. In particular, this study examines what kind of relationship was made between the ‘anti-realistic experimental theatre’ and the ‘modernization of traditional performances’, which were important discourses in theatre in the 1970s, while also investigating how the major discourses of the critique and theatre circles were formed and progressed. The 1970s was a period that opened the door to the age of expert critiques in Korean theatre history and Yeonguekpyeonron was the most representative journal on theatre during this period. It introduced the avant-garde theatre of the west to stimulate the Korean theatre circles and it also emphasized the contemporary potential of traditional performances from the perspective of modern dramatics rather than folklore studies. It especially took notice of the implications of aboriginal and ritual features of traditional performances, and attempted to practice it in our theatre sites. However, their perspective on traditional performances did not come from autonomous introspection on our culture. The theatre anthropology that was played out broadly from the western culture worlds and the growing interest on Asian theatre of the 1960s and 1970s, and the interest on total theatre and performance studies by western critique and academic circles had a huge impact on us. In particular, ‘Yeonguekpyeonron’ and ‘TDR (The Drama Review)’ (formerly ‘The Tulane Drama Review’) was quite close, and actual correlation could be found in the editorial of the journals, source of translated pieces and articles, composition methods of special articles, critical perspective, etc. Under such given problem, this study empirically reviewed the articles of ‘Yeonguekpyeonron’ to reveal the influencing relationship of overseas theatre theories that affected the formation of theatre criticism views and production of discourses.

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