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A study on new Gasa works with reference to Kimhae Hur’s <Mangwunga> and Hyeonpung Kwak’s <Bugyeo>

SA WHAE, KOO 1 Jae-Yeon Park 1

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ABSTRACT

This article aims to introduce new Gasa works <Mangwunga> and <Bugyeo>. These Gasa works are Gyubang Gasa in Hapcheon and Goryeong area and the medium scale Gasa. <Mangwunga> belongs to Gyubang Gasa in which a female narrator misses her mother who gave birth and raised the narrator and lamented her destiny. To the contrary, <Bugyeo> is a kind of didactic Gyubang Gasa in which the narrator reminded the morality and duty of husband and wife to her marrying children. <Mangwunga> was composed by Mrs. Heo, who was the youngest sister of Husan Heo Yoo, a Confucian scholar in the later Joseon period. <Bugyeo> was written by Hyeonpung Kwak, who was wife of Heo Gyu, the second son of Heo Yoo. In terms of period of composition, it was estimated that <Mangwunga> was written in 1889 and <Bugyeo> in 1914. Though most Gyubang Gasa works were anonymous in the writers, these two works have clear identification of their writers. The following conclusions were drawn to the work. <Mangwunga> is one of Gyubang Gasa in the form of lamentation which was popular in late Joseon, but it was extremely wellmade and the identity of writer was known. To the contrary, <Bugyeo> is incomplete work. It may assume that the writer stopped in the course of writing, or some of the writings were missing in the course of transcription though it was complete work. However, it was noteworthy that the writer of <Bugyeo> was woman, but the narrator in the work was man, who seemed to be father.

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