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A Feminist Viewpoint of <Sukyoung Nangja Jeon> Examined through 'Taboo' Code

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2014, (90), pp.101-125
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Kim Miryeong 1

1조선대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

<Sukyoung Nangja Jeon> is considered a narrative of taboo. It has the structure of a taboo narration (a presentation of taboo-destruction-hardship-overcoming) as the story unfolds with a taboo as the base of narration. It has been known that the story is mainly read by women. In this perspective, it is thought that it implies the viewpoint of the feminist. Therefore, this study speculated on the feminist perspectives implied in the violation of the taboo centering on the taboo in the narration of <Sukyoung Nangja Jeon>. Based on the results, the meaning of <Sukyoung Nangja Jeon> is concluded as follows:First, the narrative of <Sukyoung Nangja Jeon> has spatial structure where what is holy is separated from the secular, and a woman in heaven as a holy space and Okryondong, that is, Sukyoung's superiority is recognized. However, she could not be superior as a wife of a man and a daughter-in-law on the ground as the secular space. This reflects the unfair recognition of women at that time. Second, the violation of taboo in <Sukyoung Nangja Jeon> has a property of rejection against the ideology of that time. However, to view it more intensively, the need to violate taboo is an expression of the image of the ideal man(husband) that women have at the time rather than being subversive ideological thoughts. In <Sukyoung Nangja Jeon>, the heroin projected her desire to violate taboo to her husband and felt satisfied. Third, when <Sukyoung Nangja Jeon> arrives at the peak of hardship, Sukyoung had to maximize the image of Sukyoung as a heroin of tragedy. It also has meaning as a device to criticize the process of making chaste women which was enforced at that time. As above, <Sukyoung Nangja Jeon> deliberately combined the material of taboo violation with the miserable image of Sukyoung who had hardship in expressing female-oriented perspectives and needs. In this term, <Sukyoung Nangja Jeon> would achieve vicarious satisfaction and chemistry and the heroic image of men would satisfy part of a male's desire at that time. It is suggested that's why <Sukyoung Nangja Jeon> was successfully popular.

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