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Discourses and Patterns of Love in Proletarian Literature - Focused on Lee Gi‐yeong’s Hometown

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2010, (73), pp.185-208
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

김진석 1

1서원대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study examined love discourses and their patterns in proletarian literature. With regard to this theme, this study discussed topics as follows. Love is one of prevailing discourses narrated in the most revolutionary language in modern novels. This is closely related to customs that comprehend the ethics and ideas of society. Nevertheless, love in proletarian literature reflects schematism as a means of class struggle. This resulted in the shrinkage of writing and separation from readers. With regard to this issue, Lee Gi‐yeong raised the problem of love as a part of popularization theory. In order for proletarian literature to pursue popular literature, it needs to accept love narrations. Furthermore, he emphasized the uptake of literary heritages through bourgeois literature. This means that he understood love as an important element of revolutionary romanticism. One of prominent achievements of Hometown is the acceptance of love. In the first half of this novel, love stories involving In‐dong, Bang‐gae, Mak‐dong, etc. form an important narrative structure. Their sensual love stories reinforce the reality of the story as realism literature. This is an element that overcomes the schematism of proletarian literature and stirs up the readers’ attention as popular literature. In this sense, the novel is a genre picture of love that presents realistically the romantic factor and real life of rural society. In the later half, on the contrary, love affair surrounding Ahn Gap‐sook and labor and peasant struggle form the core of the narration. She is a new intellectual worker who integrates ‘the optimistic future of the labor class’ and ‘heroism.’ However, she suffers a love problem, caught between Kim Hee‐joon and Gwak Gyeong‐ho. This reflects the writer’s intention to emphasize ‘compatriotic love’ for class revolution. This love narration is one of new patterns distinguished from proletarian literature of the previous generation, but it reveals literary limitations as the characters exhibit emotional attitude and consciousness of purpose.

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