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Familyism in the Television-drama Chakhaji aneun yeojadeul

  • The Journal of Korean drama and theatre
  • 2019, (65), pp.41-69
  • DOI : 10.17938/tjkdat.2019..65.41
  • 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

Yun, Suk-jin 1

1충남대학교

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ABSTRACT

In this study, I analyzed the pattern of familyism in the family-drama Chakhaji aneun yeojadeul. Chakhaji aneun yeojadeul has drawn attention as a family drama that portrays the difficulties of being born and living as women in Korean society, while presenting a new female award. Accordingly, the following two conclusions were reached in this study by analyzing them from the perspective of Confucian and father-to-son institutional familyism and relational familyism based on emotional bonds. First, Chakhaji aneun yeojadeul is the story of women who seek to survive in their own way in the absence of a male breadwinner. That means the work is a family- drama that has renewed its quest for familyism, showing a change in family functions. In particular, it was confirmed that Chakhaji aneun yeojadeul was aiming for a relational familyism based on emotional bonds while exposing the cracks in institutional familyism through the lives of women who had to involuntarily assume the role of impersonation in a crisis caused by the absence of male impersonations. Second, despite the absence of a male impersonator, I could see that Chakhaji aneun yeojadeul was a family-drama that showed the possibility of family narrative as well as a friendship that was not limited to blood ties. It was especially notable that she showed a mother whose self-identity as a woman was clearly evident from her motherhood, which had been institutionalized. In conclusion, Chakhaji aneun yeojadeul is a family-drama that tries to break away from Confucian and father-to-son institutional familyism but avoids radical familyism that lacks males, and to compromise toward relational familyism based on women’s emotional empathy and bond.

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