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A study on ship·ptrain tourism and spatial awareness in Syeoyugyeonmullok and Haeyuga

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2023, (52), pp.121-159
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : July 25, 2023
  • Accepted : August 10, 2023
  • Published : August 31, 2023

JO HANSEO 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This article aimed to elucidate the meaning of portrayal and spatial perception of ship and train tourism in Syeoyugyeonmullok and Haeyuga by comparing with previous Travel Gasa. The emphasis of the research was particularly on analyzing these three elements in more concrete terms: the experience of new modes of transportation, techniques for portraying spatial concepts within narratives, and shifts in spatial awareness. Both works are Travel Gasa created in the early 20th century, following journeys around the world with a focus on Anglo-American culture. This period marked the earnest utilization of steamships and steam trains in Joseon, both domestically and internationally. Steamships and steam trains are featured in both Syeoyugyeonmullok and Haeyuga introducing world travel as a new theme in travel narratives. Not only the theme but also the depiction of space has undergone a transformation. The narrative unfolds at a rapid pace in line with the speed of steamboats and steam trains. Consequently, there have also been changes in the perception of space, both in the natural environment and with a focus on China as a central point. These shifts in spatial perception in both works are closely intertwined with the changes in spatial technological methods and the emergence of unprecedented fast means of transportation like ships and trains. The alterations in reality, literature, and thought are interconnected rather than distant from each other.

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