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A Study of the Jukdojuin-jeon -Focused on Contents of Work Product and Background of Creative Work-

Kim Dohyoung 1

1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

In this study, it introduces the contents of the newly discovered work product, Jukdojuin-jeon, and discusses narrative structure, background of creative work, consciousness of writer and so forth. Jukdojuin-jeon is a story of 7 seamen of Juk-do drifting around and eventually arrived in an island where a giant was living. Two of them were killed and only 5 of them returned alive. The narrator listened to the experience of those seamen and conveyed the story with its record. This work uses the structure of ‘Jeon (story)’ superficially, but the actual story is closer to short-story novel written in Chinese letters. In the process of escaping, they poke the eyes of the giant and cover themselves with the sheep skin to deceive the giant and it has the same story with the adventure of Odysseus that it may be considered as the story transitioning from the west to the east. However, in Asia, Taeyanggwanggi has the story related to a giant. Jukdojuin-jeon is about the story of Korean style man-eating (cannibal) giant with the mixture of western legend coming through the sea onto the eastern story tale. When it compares with the same type of work in Daeindo Sanggak Dojanmyeong or Giheukdoinsa , it has much more complete story structure. All these three works had the style to deliver the stories heard around by taking the frame-style structure, but Jukdojuin-jeon involved the imagination of the recorder with excellent detailed expression for a difference. The recorder describes the incident with the point of view as third-party observer by using the dialogue to enhance the objectivity of narrative. When seamen encounter any desperate situation, they are involved with their emotion to talk about the thought and feeling of seamen. This story has close relationship with the island and coastal area. It depicts on island near to Juk-do as the spatial background in the introduction part and this is the scheme to enhance the credibility while it is proven that the story has been delivered mouth to mouth around the island and coastal areas. The place most effective to narrate the drifting experience would be island and the material that is best imagined with the fear on sea would be the story on the man-eating giant. Also, there is the ‘Youngdong Harbang’ legend that has been handed down in Jeju-do as the similar story theme shared around and it seemed to disperse and expand through the sea routes that were used by convoys and merchants.

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