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The Study Of Contributor's Columns in Choengchun

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2004, (53), pp.485-512
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

Many contributors’ writings have been printed in Choengchun of which Choi Nam-seon was editor, since no. 10, september 1917. These ‘amateur-writers’ have unique properties in some respects. Not like the readers of Sonyeon(Boys), Bulgeun jeogori(Red jackets) etc, they were not so ‘young school boy’. In the other hand, they were not the elites, the intellectuals or the pioneers like other writers of Choengchun who must lead the innumerable ignorant Koreans. Because of the psychological situation caused by those factors, their writings have many special features hardly found in the other writings at that times. Firstly, the ‘amateur-writers’ of Choengchun showed us the young men’s mental agony in 1910s’ honestly. The idea that ‘Let’s become Chamsaram(Good-person)’ was raised strongly, but the most of the Korean young men could not have the possibility of realizing this ideal actually. This distressed the young men. Secondly, they have tried to translate the ‘Real Life’ or their experience into Korean literary language. It was difficult task and was not seen frequently in other writings. In these cases, the point of view was not public’s, but individual’s. Thirdly, as different as the elites or pioneers, they frequently sensed the strangeness about the modern lifestyle. The fear of being alienated from the world surrounding them, and the vertigo about the new relationship arising from the emergence of mass. These are appeared in their writings. Nevertheless, the ‘amateur-writers’ of Choengchun were not conscious of the modernity and the originality of their writings, and could not join the mainstream of Korean modern literature. But their writings have a great significance, since they vividly show us the confusion in the early modern times of Korea.

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