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A Study on the Modernity in the Poetry of Kim Chang-sul

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2011, (78), pp.335-358
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Yongmoo Noh 1

1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

Kim Chang-sul, a poet born in Jeonju city of Chonbuk province, tried to express various conflicts in realities by writing realistic poems in 1920s and 1930s. Nevertheless, the reason few critics study on him and his poems might be in the political consciousness or unconsciousness of South Korea, which could be problematic in that the rejection is connected with his individual inclination and literary power of center and periphery in the history of literature. Thus, this paper aims to restore the meaning of the poet, Kim Chang-sul, by considering the perception of modernness and modernity in Kim Chang-sul's poems and by tracing the correlation with his poems and his days. Kim Chang-sul's poems show the doubleness of modernness and the contradiction of realities hidden in the modern landscapes. Most of his early poems consist of groups of individual selves, on the other hand, his later ones show the mood of collectivization and social classes. Kim Chang-sul, under the specific situation of colonial reality, reinforces national liberation and international solidarity of proletariat, which is also the poet's trace with two aspects; one as a socialist who pursued proletarian internationalism but didn't ignore national liberation, the other as a nationalist who desired national liberation by the midium of class liberation.

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