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Dynamics of the Free Love, Culture Capital and Reformation of Korean Modern Gender ― Focusing on Jaesaeng by Lee Kwang-su

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2014, (88), pp.225-248
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Yun Young-Ok 1

1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

Free love was the cultural symbol of Korean modern intellectual class. Literary representations of free love had relation with power functions which adjusted public images of intellectuals. By cultural tastes, modern fictions described the process that free love in individual privacy had entered into marriage in public space. And cultural tastes were featured through mutual accumulations of economic capital, social capital, symbolic capital. ‘Free love-marriage’ plots of modern fictions including Jaesaeng were involved in interactions among men intellectuals’ capitals and women intellectuals’ that. Specially ‘free love-marriage’ plots were unveiled inflection process of women gender. At Jaesaeng, women intellectuals and men intellectuals met by similar culture tastes. The cultural capitals of women intellectuals were isolated and could not be expanded reproduction. But the cultural capitals of men intellectuals which combined with economic and social, symbolic capitals reproduced and spread. These representations of free love with capitals accentuated mens’ supremacy and aggravated women’s social inequality. ‘Free love-marriage’ plots coordinated hierarchy of gender symbols through reconstitution on daily life. Because women intellectuals had no economic capital and social capital, they could not take part in the public social system and were exposed to symbolic violence which damaged their social reputations.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.