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The narrative of love and symptomatic reading: focused on Park Young-joon's novels in liberation period

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2023, (123), pp.155-181
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : February 21, 2023
  • Accepted : March 20, 2023
  • Published : March 31, 2023

Kim Young-kyung 1

1서강대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper aims to examine the psychological conflicts and problems of self-identification that occurred when writers outside the community attributed to the community, focusing on Park Young-joon's novels in liberation period, from the perspective of the narrative of love. In the literature of Park Young-joon, the issue of his track record in Manchuria and his transfer is important. This has been mainly discussed from the perspective of the author's 'self-identification'. However, compared to other writers at the same time, Park did not reveal his past actively or express his beliefs persuasively. Rather, it can be seen that he expressed his longing for recognition through the the narrative of love by passive characters. Park Young-joon's works during the liberation period show a significant change in trend from the establishment of the separate government. Prior to the establishment, many works deal with the question of how to liquidate the past and live a new life. In addition, the characters attempted to seek a positive outlook by dealing with the subject of recognition, development, and inclusion through love. In addition, many works have narrated their experiences in Manchuria. In the world of his works, if colonial works are centered on the story of breaking wishes and fantasies in Manchuria, post-liberation works tend to cover up the past and protect himself. However, after the establishment of the separate government, in the world of Park Young-jun's works, "love" is reserved, and there is a characteristic that no positive future is sought or progress is made. Rather, it is depicted as the main theme of the separation and disconnection of characters who want to love. Park Young-jun's works in liberation period have something in common that most of them are based on a longing for recognition. While the narrative of Manchuria are works that seek to strengthen the rights and solidarity among members of the community by differentiating the world outside the Korea, love narratives have something in common that all the characters surrounding love are based on a longing for recognition. These characteristics appear in his works as detailed changes in political and historical reality after liberation.

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