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A Research On Kim Taek-Young’s Yulnyochun and His Feminine Consciousness

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2014, (34), pp.295-312
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2014..34.012
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : February 28, 2014

Wen Lihua 1

1북경대학교 조선어문학과

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ABSTRACT

As a writer who played a significant role both in Korean and Chinese literature and the cultural communication between this two countries, though Kim Taek-Young didn’t hold a large range of works about women, the feminine consciousness embodied in his works and talks about faithful women has still drawn great attention in academia. This essay is aimed to examine the feminine consciousness by analysing Kim Taek-Young’s 7 works of Yulnyochun and his talks about faithful women, which are all included in his 『Song Yang Ki Gu Jeon』. Kim Taek-Young’s Yulnyochun can be classified into two categories. The first kind usually shows a typical plot which describes a faithful woman who died for love after her husband’s death,reflecting Kim Taek-Young’s conservative feminine consciousness based on the traditional thought of Confucianism. The second kind, by contrast, shows some positive attitude towards women on the basis of the thoughts of Confucianism. It gives women credit for their moral sense, which is usually showed in case of emergency. Particularly, in the revenge type of Yulnyochun which usually describes a woman revenged for her dead husband, the writer appreciated the power of action and wisdom of women. Such kind ofcontradictory and complicated feminine consciousness can also be found in his talks of faithful women. Also, it is impressive to find Kim Taek-Young’s concern and consideration about women’s plight and their inner feelings, as well as his understanding and respect for women in his talks about faithful women. As the above, in this essay, we will expound the existence of the conflict deep in Kim Taek-Young’s thoughts, which shows both a traditional and conservative attitude and a positive assessment about feminine consciousness.

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