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A Study on the Intertextuality in Empty House

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2008, (64), pp.247-274
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Shin,Ik-Ho 1

1한남대학교

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ABSTRACT

A house means the comfortable place where people and all living things can relax and are protected. It is also the root where the mental sense of family is formed among family members. As for Ki, Hyeongdo, a poet, the obsession about an empty house(room) basically means the absence of a father and is attributed to the absence of the motherhood in a house because a mother works outside to make money instead of a father. But an empty house (room) described by Shin, Gyeongsuk has many meanings such as leaving or parting, loss like death and separation. The principal characters are strollers who quest the depth of the existence through the introspection and have a dark and lonely situation. Empty House by Ki, Hyeongdo is about the story in which a narrator lost love and planned to go to somewhere after leaving the memory shared with a love in an empty house. In other words, it seems like parting words just before he commits suiciding owing to suffering from breaking up with a love. He states the sorrow of parting by observing the inner world of the self with the objective point of view, establishing the fictitious object as the other. Empty House by Shin, Gyeongsuk depicts the sorrowful mind of lonesome and yearning after paring and shows to recover the desolate emotion by means of transcending the self centered relationship and the present standard that money and appearance are the important conditions of love. After it presents Empty House by Ki in the beginning part, it cites the memo which Ki, Hyeongdo wrote to compose the poem, in the middle part. With the whole structure(parting with a love-> painful memory-> confirmation of leaving), repetition technique, borrowing of animal or poetic images and the objective point of view, parody can be caught in Empty House by Shin. Especially, the content of letter, frequent words and the repetition of sentences in Empty House by Shin are similar to those in Empty House by Ki.

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