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Classical Literature, Contents Development and Its Orientation: The Case of Jeongseon Arirang

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2008, (67), pp.343-360
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

KIM PUNGGI 1

1강원대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Scholars of classical literature should always ask what meaning the classics hold at present. Once, they avoid or slip away from these questions, the classics are no longer classics. Developing new cultural contents is an important way to realize the present meaning of classical literature. Through the new media, classical literature is reinterpreted as the new cultural symbol of this age. In that process, we wander between the historical level and the fictional imagination embedded in classical literature. This paper aims to present Jeongseon Arirang, a typical arirang(a genre of Korean folk songs), as a model for contents development. Important objective is to create a story for an animation by interweaving the folk song into tales. However, we must constantly try to reduce the distance between historical evidences and fictional imagination. In that sense, we can ask if it is correct to create a narrative placed in Goryeo period without the concrete evidence to prove that Jeongseon Arirang was formed in the late Goryeo period. It is with these kinds of questions in mind that the scholars of classical literature come up with new and meaningful cultural contents for classics.

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