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The aspects of family and Retrotopian imagination - Focused on the Eungdabhara 1988

  • The Journal of Korean drama and theatre
  • 2019, (65), pp.13-40
  • DOI : 10.17938/tjkdat.2019..65.13
  • Publisher : The Learned Society Of Korean Drama And Theatre
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : August 12, 2019
  • Accepted : September 23, 2019
  • Published : September 30, 2019

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ABSTRACT

A Television drama didn't deal with the sensitive political and social problems of 1980s, and therefore failed to reflect on the dark side of the society at that time represented by the 1988 Olympics and etc. In this drama, the efforts to look beyond the alley of Ssangmun-dong were given up, and all meanings and values were given to a family. That's why the main motive of the previous series, ‘finding the husband’, relatively didn't stand out compared to the previous work. Yet, in Eungdabhara 1988, a certain distance was kept from a patriarchal family based on the division of labor by gender. In the drama, a father's authority had become weak and a mother's right to speak had been strengthened. Moreover, beyond the division of each family, communal solidarity as a kind of pseudo-family was emphasized. However, in this process, a devoted mother's role in a family was more stressed out, and a pseudo-family was also concluded to become reborn into a real family through marriage. Therefore, the alternatives from the past found in this soap opera while facing the reality where the existence of a family itself is in danger are only empty.

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