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A Study of Kim Kwang-ju's Newspaper Novels in the 1950s ― with focus on Bed of Roses and Black and White

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2008, (67), pp.383-414
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Kim,Dong-Yun 1

1제주대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper investigates the novels by Kim Kwang-ju by giving special attention to the point that the discussion on his literature should be focused on his newspaper novels in the late 1950s. The results of the investigation with focus on Bed of Roses (1957) and Black and White (1959) are as follows. First, Bed of Roses and Black and White show many similarities in terms of themes, frameworks, characters, and settings because not only did he intend to frame his work in a certain format, leaning on the success of the former but also he was not fully prepared to create the latter. Second, Kim Kwang-ju had a negative feeling toward the leadership. He took a dig at them, creating rich people who have close relation with high ranking officials, and incompetent candidates for the Assembly. In particular, he chastised money-oriented people who had accumulated fortunes in immoral ways and raised their ugly faces in collusion with the leadership. Third, Kim Kwang-ju depicted artists as the good ones who accomplish their artistic goals against all odds. This point is related to his career as an artist, writer, and cultural event manager in the newspaper company. It also reflects his belief in the cultural state along with Kim Gu. Fourty, Bed of Roses and Black and White were written in accordance with the principles of Chinese knight-errant novels. Kim Kwang-ju look at the society from the black-and-white or good-and-evil perspective that “the leadership is evil” and “artists are good”. He tried to deal a hard blow to the society where black or evil prevails. This has some relation with the fact that he translated Chinese knight-errant novels in the 1960s.

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