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Meaning and Competition Aspects in Back Talk Songs : Through Comparison of Korean Narrative Songs and Anglo-American Ballads

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2014, (33), pp.217-238
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Young-Sook Suh 1

1한남대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper investigated the meaning and the competition aspects in the back talk through the comparison of the Korean narrative songs and the Anglo-American ballads. I searched them through dividing those songs into two categories – the reversion to the realistic status, The destruction of the static sex perception. The Results are as follows;1) The reversion to the realistic statusThe Korean narrative songs and the Anglo-American ballads express the reversion to the realistic status by the back talks. There are Child #3 <The False Knight upon the Road>, Child #45 <King John and the Bishop> of the Anglo-American ballads, <Daughter-in-law’s balk talk song>, <Pheasant Song> of the Korean narrative songs in this category. While the conflict between the super natural being and the actual being or the political power and the religious power are performed in the Anglo- American ballads, the conflict between the husband’s family and a daughter-in-law or the husband and wife are described in the Korean narrative songs. However, the fact that winners are the weak people such as the shepherd, the daughter-in-law, and the wife show the consciousness of resistance against the social authorities in the east and the west world commonly. 2) The destruction of the static sex perceptionThe Korean narrative songs and the Anglo-American ballads express the reversion to the realistic status by the back talks. There are Child #274 <Our Goodman> of the Anglo-American ballads, <Cloths torn off> of the Korean narrative songs in this category. While the competition between the wife and the husband is performed in the Anglo- American ballads, the competition between a maiden and a man is described in the Korean narrative songs. However, the fact that winners are women show the consciousness of resistance against the static sex perception in the east and the west world commonlyThe study of Korean narrative songs, moreover, the comparison between Korean narrative songs and Anglo-American ballads have been not performed sufficiently. I wish that this study would be the step-stone of the expansion of the comparative study of the Korean narrative songs and the Anglo-American ballads.

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