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The Lyric Literature of Korean Women Longing for Their Families in Manchuria - Focused on References and Authors

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2012, (29), pp.33-66
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

ko, Soon-Hee 1

1부경대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study is to present the references of the lyric literature of Korean women longing for their families in Manchuria, as well as to identify the authors. Chapter 2 is to present references and different editions with reference to <Song-Gyo-Haeng> (2), <Dap-Sa-Chin-Ga> (3), <Gam-Hoe-Ga> (2), <Byeol-Han-Ga> (4), <Dan-Sim-Gok> (1) and <Sa-Chin-Ga> (1), 6 works in all (numbers in brackets refer to the numbers of different editions). Chapter 3 is to identify the authors of those works and to reconstitute their lives. <Song-Gyo-Haeng> was written in 1912 by a woman (1862 – 1938) from the Gwons of Andong, and <Dap-Sa-Chin-Ga> was written in 1914 by a woman (1894 – 1937) from the Lees of Goseong. It was 1914, when she was 21, that she completed the work.<‘Gam-Hoe-Ga> and <Byeo-Han-Ga> were written by a woman (1855 – 1922) from the Lees of Jeonju. The former was completed in 1913 when she was 59, and the latter in 1915 when she was 61. <Dan-Sim-Gok> was written by a woman who was born as the eldest daughter in a noble family in Seoul (the capital city of South Korea) in 1893 and married into the purple in Yeongnam area (the southeastern region of South Korea) at the age of 18. The work was composed in 1922 when she was about 30. <Sa-Chin-Ga> was written by a woman who was born as the eldest daughter in 1900, married at the age of 20, and leaded a married life for 18 years. The work was composed in 1936 when she was about 37. Chapter 4 is to comment on authors’ lives and the relations amongst works. Most of authors were women of noble birth who had not gone through the hardship of life. As their families went over to Manchuria and joined the independence movement, however, they began to muddle through the bitters of life. Most of them were related to Yeongnam area, the center of lyric literature. Their longings for their families are expressed in their works. The lyric literature of women longing for their families in Manchuria speaks for women who lived in turbulent periods in Korea. Such works are significant in that they narrate the modern history of Korea.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.