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A Study on a Process of Reception for Modern Literature

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2007, (20), pp.361-388
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

chang Sun Hee 1

1광주보건대학교

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ABSTRACT

A Study on a Process of Reception for Modern Literature -In the Case of Kim, Woo-jin- Chang, Sun-hee This study looks into the literary activities of Kim, Woo-jin who was both a playwright and critic during the transitional period to modern times in order to examine the process of reception for modern literature in Korea. In this study, the turning point to the modern stage is regraded as the period from 1860 to 1945. The author of this study prescribes this period as having characteristics of harmony and union which were achieved through a fierce conflict and discord between the old culture which had been preserving the order of society and a new society with its own influences. The intensity of conflicts between old and new cultures appears to differ according to each individual and situation. In the case of Kim, Woo-jin, it can be seen that old and new cultures had their intense conflicts because he could not find a solution to the problem of conflict between himself as a representative of the new society and his father who symbolized the old culture and consequently committed suicide. Until now, the studies on Kim, Woo-jin have only focused on his plays and theatrical activities, however, this study attempts to examine him as a poet, critic, playwright, novelist, and translator in order to comprehensively analyze his overall literary activities and achievements.

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