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Awareness about Speech and Change in Stage Language in Korean Dramas in the 1950s and 1960s

  • The Journal of Korean drama and theatre
  • 2019, (64), pp.121-151
  • DOI : 10.17938/tjkdat.2019..64.121
  • Publisher : The Learned Society Of Korean Drama And Theatre
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : May 15, 2019
  • Accepted : June 20, 2019
  • Published : June 30, 2019

PARK MIRAN 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to investigate the characteristics of dramas in this period as modern dramas by examining the awareness and aspect of change in the speech in the world of Korean drama in the 1950s and 1960s. As you may know, rising men of the theater in the 1950s and 1960s pursue more natural acting styles, criticizing the exaggerated acting style and speech of the existing dramas in the 1950s and 1960s. However, since the pursuit of temperate expressions has been a common task in the world of theater, covering both existing men of the theater and rising ones, understanding the criticism of exaggerated speech as a pursuit of reality and everydayness cannot be a complete explanation about why the rising men of the theater called speech into question in earnest. The emphasis of speech in the dramas in the 1950s and 1960s is important in that it is associated with the awareness about accurate Korean speaking. Establishing speech, for them, is a method that enables deeper acting, breaking from the method ‘busy expressing a feeling or atmosphere’ and has a meaning as the right use of Korean as part of Korean education as well. Accordingly, actors seek a change in stage language, attempting various linguistic styles on the stage. Dramas during this period aimed at more natural and more everyday conversations, avoiding abstract lines or a one-way delivery method and would test the potential of language through various attempts, e.g., Adjusting the tempo of lines or using dialects overall. The change in the speech of the dramas in the 60s did not simply aim at speaking in ‘everyday language’ but considered the appropriateness of style as well, which can be pointed out significantly. In the world of the theater during this period, the awareness of the necessity of a change in speech according to the style of the drama, classical dramas, such as realist dramas or Greek dramas and comedy and the awareness of the distinctive characteristics of speaking in a stage language differentiated from that in broadcasting dramas. Like this, the pursuit of accurate speech considering the appropriateness of style is associated with the pursuit of expertise in drama, which contributed to the Korean drama’s achievement of modernity different from the existing stage.

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