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Filial Emotions and Filial Values: Changing Patterns in the Discourse of Filiality in Late Chosn Korea

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2005, (13), pp.155-203
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

김자현 1

1창원대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This article examines the trajectory of discourse on filiality that arose in response to changes in the concept and constitution of the family during the Chosŏn and the way in which popular discourse contested hegemonic discourse on gender and hierarchy. It argues that whereas the prescriptive works reconcile the tension between filial emotions and filial values through an ideology of harmony in which emotions, either through extension or transference, are made to correspond to values, popular narratives such as Jeok Seongeui jeon, Sim Cheong ga, Jeok Seongeui jeon, and Bari gongju either reject the premise of harmony or when they uphold it, it is through the valorization of emotion. Seeing fictional narratives as embodying 'structures of contemporary feelings', the article also suggests that these vernacular narratives are an evolving 'langue' of a wide spectrum of people who coped with changes in the family and that as such, they were constituents of changes.

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