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The Connection and Fusion of Korean Classical Literary Genres at the Modern Transition Period - focusing on a old-printed classical novel Yaksandongdae -

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2015, (92), pp.161-182
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Choi Hyun-Jai 1

1군산대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to review the aspects of the connection and the fusion of Korean classical literary genres at the modern transition period. The modern transition period was the time when the competition of Korean classical literature and modern literature were fierce. Yet the public's interest in Pansori and Japga was still very high. As a result, the Korean classical novel was published actively in a old-printed type. In addition to that, Japga had gained great popularity in the modern theater and Japgajip was also published many. Yaksandongdae(<약산동대>) is a Korean classical novel which was published in a old-printed type in this historical background. This work is a remake of Chunhyangjeon(<춘향전>), but shows the features that are distinct from it. The most important difference will be directly related to the Korean classical poems contained in the work. This work has also included many Korean classical poems like Chunhyangjeon. A closer look, however, you can find very remarkable features. First, a part of Japgajip Singu-sihaeng-japga(『신구시행잡가』) is included almost exactly the same in this work. Second, the Japgajip is made up of the sounds of the song that Park Chunjae(박춘재), the famous singer at that time, enjoyed singing. Third, the Japgajip was published about a year later than this work. Through these points, it can be seen that the fact that this work is composed of the Pansori and Japga in a unique way. This can be seen as a result of a commercial publication strategy. Therefore, it should be evaluated by a rare new attempt.

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