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Solidarity of others and mutual subjectivity in 17th novel

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2009, (19), pp.5-26
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Cho, Hyunsoul 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

The 17th century is popularly known as ‘The age of novels’ in the history of Korean literature. There are many factors that opened and made this age of novels. The solidarity of others is one of them. However until now, this view point could not get much attention from the researchers of novels. Like the protagonists of a Chuanqi(傳奇) novel, Choichoek and Okyoung of Choicheokjeon(崔陟傳) meet and marriage. But after marriage, their life is driven to separation because of the war in 17th. In this situation, they come over the crisis by mutual concern of East Asian peoples. The monk Chunghe of Gangdomonyurok(江島夢遊錄) saw a group of ghosts in Ganghua island. The ghosts made up solidarity through speaking out their Han(恨, a mixed feeling of sorrow and regret ; unique to Korea.) They could criticize their fathers-in law, husbands or sons by the solidarity they had attained as ghosts. Woonyoungjeon(雲英傳) shows well how to overcome the order of Soosung palace, through the solidarity of court-ladies. This mutual subjectivity comes from the solidarity of others. No doubt, this kind of solidarity was never seen in the novels before 17th century.

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