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Literary Regionality of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province during the Korean War period

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2009, (71), pp.375-416
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Park Tae Il 1

1경남대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this article is to find out Literary Regionality of Jeju Special Self-Governing Provinces during the Korean War period(1950-1953). Literary works by Park Yonggu(박용구), Kei Yongmook(계용묵), Jang Sucheol(장수철), Lee Dongju(이동주) is our target. The conclusion is as follow First, 「Six days of Jeju(제주도의 육일간)」 by Park Yonggu deals with a six days' short stay experience. The story is about concrete refugee life around Jeju harbor. This literary work is very important since now we cannot find arguments about the ordinaries of life during the wartime. Second, Kei Yongmook is a literary man who lived in Jeju as a refugee for 4 years. His Jeju essays keep importance because they actively record Jeju‘s climate and environment. These literary works reinterpret the objects which are part of Jeju’s characteristic scenary such as rocks, women and animals. Third, in Jang Sucheol‘s literary works, Jeju is the place where refugee literary man feels nostalgia. Specific refugee life is not showed up in his works. Instead, Jeju is the world of fairy tales or abstract reality looked by lonely boy's angle. Forth, Lee Dongju's Jeju experience is a travel literature. His literary works are full of admiration for women in Jeju and Jeju island itself. Such admiration for Jeju is the tool for emphasizing hometown's situation during war time which is apposed to peace of Jeju as a refuge. Because Jeju city become a center of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Jeju makes lots of problem nowadays. Hope there would be more self examination about reality by investigating Jeju Regionality during the Korean War period.

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