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Research on anti-Japanese armed struggle literatures in vernacular Chinese Literary Book Collection of Keijo Imperial University Affiliated Library

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2024, (71), pp.249-276
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2024..71.009
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Received : January 10, 2024
  • Accepted : February 20, 2024
  • Published : February 28, 2024

Yoon Hee Lee 1

1가톨릭대학교 중국언어문화학과

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ABSTRACT

Among the books held in the library affiliated with Keijo Imperial University, the only government institution in Joseon during the Japanese colonial period, are 938 volumes of Baekhwa-style literary books published in mainland China in the first half of the 20th century. These books, preserved as an independent archive, are a collection collected by Takeshi Karashima, a professor of Chinese language and literature at the Faculty of Law and Literature at Keijo Imperial University, and are equipped with a wide range of genres and topics, including literary works and critical books, providing a dynamic contemporary experience through various literary works. We can confirm Karashima's research orientation to vividly read China. This collection also contains some books that deviate from the conventional wisdom about colonial archives, and special attention will be paid to 40 books of revolutionary literature and 7 books of the anti-Japanese armed struggle. In particular, the existence of seven anti-Japanese armed struggle books serves as historical evidence that illustrates the existence of a special academy called Keijo Imperial University, which was free from the harsh censorship of the colonial ruler, and at the same time, Karashima's three major themes of modern Chinese literature are 'anti-feudalism' and 'anti-feudalism'. Let us reflect on the historical role of the Baekhwa style literary book collection that led to the development of 'anti-conquest, anti-empire'. Furthermore, we can reflect on the relationship between the times and intellectuals by referring to these books and Karashima's actions at the end of colonial rule. At that time, Karashima, as a professor of government studies, not only forced the Korean cultural community to cooperate in the war, but also took the lead in mobilizing Koreans for the war. The tragic choice of a foolish intellectual caught up in the arrogant waves of history and these seven books on the anti-Japanese armed struggle left a contradictory trace. In addition, the seven books can also be used as materials to supplement the gaps in the description of literary history with topics and contents that have not been paid attention to in the existing history of modern Chinese anti-Japanese literature.

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