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The Study of writing method perceived through Kim, Chang-hyup(金昌協)'s prose criticism

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2010, (21), pp.99-122
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

This essay is to review Kim, Chang-hyup(金昌協)'s prose criticism, and through that, to devise some specific writing guidelines which is useful to today's composition curriculum. Kim, Chang-hyup(金昌協), as a distinguished scholar and a good writer in 17th Joseon Dynasty, criticized an imitative writing custom called Yongsa(用事), and advanced an alternative methods considering prose writing characteristics. The Yongsa(用事) is a method of conventional composition that quotes or modifies former text in expressions level, for using it, the common writers in the Joseon Dynasty must memorize a great many phrase and sentence in various classics. Kim, Chang-hyup(金昌協) thought that the writing based on Yongsa(用事) made a lot of mistake when quote former classical text, and had been attended by evil effects of imitation. So he roundly criticized the imitative writing custom and raised a writing methods which is suitable for the prose itself. He suggested that the prose writer had to learn the method on ‘fixing a central themes’ and ‘arranging paragraphs’, not imitating the expression of it from a great work, especially the Sagi(史記) which had been become a canon in the history of prose writing. By analyzing his literary criticism about several classical prose work writtin by Kim, Chang-hyup(金昌協), I set before each five detailed guidelines on ‘fixing a subject’ and ‘composing paragraphs’ at this essay, and had in place an available guidelines nowaday which is applying the classic literary criticism at the same time.

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