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A Study on the nature of everyday life in Myojimyong(epitaph) and Chemun(ceremonial writing) for the dead woman in the Late Joseon

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2005, (13), pp.57-82
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

KANG HYESUN 1

1성신여자대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to reveal the nature of everyday life in Myojimyong(epitaph) and Chemun(ceremonial writing) for the dead woman in the Late Joseon. Particulary this study pays attention to the correlation between everyday life and social ethos, and pays attention to changes of literary style in accordance with new angles on woman's everyday life. There were great changes in the realem of the prose in the Late Joseon. Epitaph and ceremonial writing for the dead in the Late Joseon showed new styles differant from those of the past which had been written for practical purpose by the noble men. Particulary there were great changes in epitaphs and ceremonial writings for the dead woman written by her family. Those changes were based on a flexible understanding of women's everyday life. Many writers had discribed typical women's life according to dogmatic Way of Confucian ideas in epitaphs and ceremonial writings for the dead woman. In those works women's everyday life which had no connection with dogmatic Way of Confucian ideas had been ignored usually. However some writers recallected women's everyday life which had no connection with dogmatic Way of Confucian ideas or disagreed with dogmatic Way of Confucian ideas, and brough out their sadness lyrically. It apears to be based on a new understanding on the function of epitaph and ceremonial writing. Represntive writers are Kim Chang-Hyop(김창협), Kim Chang-Hup(김창흡), Bak Ji-Won(박지원), Yi Kwang-Sa(이광사) etc.

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