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17th Century’s Novel Structure and Choicheokjeon

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2012, (80), pp.51-78
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

민영대 1

1한남대학교

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ABSTRACT

In 17th century, there was a big changing as a development in Korean Novel history. In this time there were 17th century’s representative writers and works these are Hongkildongjeon(洪吉童傳) by Heo Gyun, Goowoonmong (九雲夢) and Sassinamjeonggi(謝氏南征記) by Kim Manjoong, Gyechukilgee(癸丑日記) by who has served Inmok queen, Choicheokjeon by Jo Wihan. Changsungamuiilok(彰善感義錄) by Jo Seonggi, and Woonyoungjeon(雲英傳) by unnamed writer. These works have very reality story compare with 17th century’s works such as Geumosinwha(金鰲新話) and Keejaekeei(企齋記異) which have romance and a wild fable story. These works have been very developed than early works because they have social problem and realistic things as a story. Choicheokjeon have shown well sold at that time but other works could not find their works were real even though they have copied works. Lee Minsung, who has lived with Choicheokjeon writer, has wrote he had been read Choicheokjeon in his book Gyoungjungjib(敬亭集) as showing this work was existed. Also it can see at the Kakgajabgi(各家雜記) by Jo Munmyung as a remaking form. Choicheokjeon could find as a novel form in Tongwonmoongo(通園文藁) by You Manjoo and Misanmoongo(糜山文藁) by Kim Jinhang. Lee Dukmoo has written that he read it in his letter to his nephew. Also in Korea(高麗), Seoul(서울), Chulie(天理) Universities have it to the Chinese character form. And in Seonhyunyoueim(先賢遺音) could find its original text. It seem to well read to public because in Yonsei(延世) University has Korean style even though it is not perfect form. Why does this book have been well read in every time? This book has very good story and can find writer has been trying to make this book to realistic form. It has times realistic and geographical background. It has historical story that has happened in that time. Also it is easy to find kind of that book’s characters around our lives. It is not made by a wild fable story it is made by a causal relationship. As developing story, writer has written letter and poetic replying scene in his work. And in the behind scenes he has written his life and experience and in his work there is exact reason and time why he makes the story. This book has clearly writer’s idea and to the every where we can see well matched various characters to give more interesting. This book has many points it can not find to other books, it has included with realistic story with real happened problems, positive viewing to women even thought in male-dominated society, new family structures. It is sure that makes 17th century novel improving. It is the leader not only 17th century, it is sure that is the leader in novel history. Choicheokjeon is clear that is best work after 17th century also I should be been important novel. Also writer Jo Wihan who has made this great work should be treated as a important writer.

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