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The communication and the aesthetic consciousness in Seo Jeong-in's novels

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2008, (67), pp.415-442
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

The objective of this study is to reveal how the aesthetic consciousness, which is the main communicative characteristic of novelist Jeong-In Soe, is concretized in terms of both contents and forms in a systemic way. In his works, reality problems are criticized in a cynical or humorous way. An antipathy of falsehood analyzes the exposed fact, verifies the sincerity, and questions the linguistic sincerity, in other words, the value and dignity of the language. His pursuit of inside and sincerity is concretized by virtue of dialogic characteristic in a narrative strategy from the perspective of formality. However, in order to discuss the dialogic property, the understanding of the characteristics of the characters is required. The characters in Jeong-In Seo's novels are as much typical as they show the various opinions and the pursuit of truthfulness are achieved by contrasting their differences. The characters are divided into two groups. One group possess both the prospective hope and solidarity and the other group abandon themselves to despair in a repetitive life style. In a dialogic imagination, the thoughts and words of the characters fall into two categories. one is the case where different viewpoints are showed and thus fails to co-exist or interact each other. The other notices the progress of a particular event or reveals the way where they come closer to the truth throughout the dialogues. The first shows how the true communication can be achieved by embracing the wrong dialogues or communication barriers whereas the second is based on the criticism of the defined truth or fixed reality. The dialogic imagination avoids the absolute viewpoint and combines the polyphony and free indirect narration effectively. The polyphony means there are multiple voices not a single one in a narration. There are two types of polyphony in novels. One is the case where two or more voices are overlapped focused on the characters' words. In this case, the voice of narrator support the individual voices and add more credibility on each person. The other one is the case where the voices of the characters are overlapped based on narrator's words. In this case, the narrator exist deep inside of the character and enables the readers to easily identify the characters. Not only for that, the psychological status of the character is described without recognition of the character itself and the complex spiritual world of modern people are expressed easily. On the other hand, the polyphony and free indirect narration, which recognize the relative viewpoints, are effectively connected with colloquial language. This language represents the middle class life style. The immature colloquial style of language are used in a natural way. The use of language in Pansori, which is Korean traditional narrative song, and dialects are good examples. Dialogic imagination dilemmatically provides a new passage of communication throughout communication-barrier situation, makes the readers worry about the solutions by recognizing the barrier circumstances, produces critic consciousness against truthful reasonableness. In addition, the relativism, embodied in this way, prefers the indecisive status and requests the participation of the readers by refusing one conclusive message.

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