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The phase of conspicuous consumption and its literary description during the late of Choseon dynasty

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2009, (20), pp.7-31
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

JunHyung Kim 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

The main characteristic of Seoul is a administrative city as the capital of Choseon before 17th century. But After the 17th century, it changed to a commercial city. Seoul ruled by not only political systems but the economic systems. And also, the moods of Seoul change according to the commercial conditions. This change meant of the emergence of new a power ruling the society. The class having economical power took the conspicuous consumption. It was entirely different from the functional consumption in former ages. And also, this social phenomenon was contrary to the value and principles of the Middle ages. So the king of Choseon dynasty fail to preventing from the change. It was the huge and inevitable trend of history. This trend showed in literature. And it diversified according to genres of literature. There was disinterested attitude toward the trend of conspicuous consumptions in Pilgi, but exaggerate the trend in Paeseol and ridiculed the social moods. By the way in Yadam, there were criticisms and yearning for conspicuous consumptions. These differences were caused by diverse reflections of the real society.

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