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A Study on Ro-gye Gasa ― Focused on the Narrative Theory of Literary Therapy ―

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2018, (41), pp.219-250
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : January 15, 2018
  • Accepted : February 15, 2018

Eunhee Kim 1

1덕성여자대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper examines Park In-ro’s inner changes revealed on his works <Noohangsa>, <Sajegok> and his late work <Rogyega>. According to the narrative theory of literary therapy, there are narratives at the base of literary works. There are self-narratives at the inner side of writers and readers, and the gap and discrepancy between self-narratives and narratives of the work give impetus to the changes of self-narratives. And understandings of work and life changes and grows. At this moment, the change and growth of the self-narrative are possible through the supplementation, strengthening, and integration of the self-narrative, and it is the treatment to acquire the healthy of the self-narrative. In this context, this paper deals with the process of changing and growing the self-narrative of Ro-gye in relation to the narrative of the works. As a narrative of conflict, <Noohangsa> reveals a perception of divised self-narrative as the distance between the reality(poor life) and oughtness (Anbinnakdo and oryun-Confucian ideas). It is the first step of healing to reveal one's situation, position and suffering. The exposing of conflict through the creation of <Noohangsa>(Gasa) makes it possible to reflect. Reflection allows the possibility of catharsis through the discovery of the essence of self-narrative, and it becomes the basis for overcoming conflict. The narrative <Sajegok>, which embodies the harmony of human, nature, and ideology, allows Park In-ro to accept and integrate typical and ideal inner aspect of the gentry into the self-narrative of the work. While expressing and presenting the world of Confucian righteousness, <Sajegok> acts as a narrative of the righteousness and ideal to Ro-gye, contributes to recovery of satisfaction and self-esteem, and enables a change to ample self-affirmation. And the process contribute to healing the devised self-narrative eventually. When it comes to the overcoming and completing narrative, <Rogyega>, Park In-ro is arriving at a ‘Gangho’ awareness of his own ‘Anbinnakdo’, full of satisfaction and pride. Self-narrative of an old gentry is revealed in the work. The creation of <Rogyega> resolves conflicts between reality and ideal - it is the point where reaches to healing as a result of the integration of his self-narrative and narrative of the work. Park In-ro was able to reach internal healing through the creation of Gasa, and the narrative of conflict, <Noohangsa>, was replenished and strengthened through the narrative of the righteousness and the ideal, <Sajegok>. After undergoing a consolidation phase, it is resulting in a positive change of self-narrative in <Rogyega>. It is possible to confirm that the healing has become possible by creating a narrative of a work based on the changed story of self-narrative and overcoming and completion.

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