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Heroine Novels on the viewpoint of the Subject and the Others

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2007, 16(16), pp.31-57
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

LEE, JEE HA 1

1경북대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Heroine Novels have been evaluated reciprocally. There are opinions that these novels show strong consciousness of women because heroines achieve social success against men and deny the role of women under the men's control. On the other hand, some insist Heroine Novels still expose the ideology of Confucian Patriarchy. This paper examines these problems on the viewpoint of the Subject and the Others. In these novels, heroines who struggle with discord between sex and gender establish subjectivity through they deny women's role and dress up as a man. In this case they contribute to show women's capacity and confirm equality between men and women. These novels deserve attention in that point considering circumstances of the late period of Joseon Dynasty which tighten control of women. However these novels have limits not to accomplish subjectivity of general women because heroines can not perceive the trobles as general problems of whole women and they try to overcome personally and neglect somebody to achieve their success. As a result, Heroine Novels have significance in raising attention to women's problems under the strong patriarchy, but at the same time they have limits that can not get thorough recognition of women's condition and proper solutions.

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