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A Study on the Excreta Motif of River Novels

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2011, (24), pp.37-70
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Han Gil-Yeon 1

1경북대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Beyond our expectation, excreta motif advents now and then in river novels. Firstly, the excreta motif related to bad men gives jolly catharsis and shows their human aspect, by making them have bitter experience or fall into a chamber pot. Secondly, the excreta motif related to foolish men shows a contempt to them and envy at the same time. They care naught for an established form and even enjoy the pleasure of excretion by eating feces and urine or forget themselves. On the one hand, the excreta motif related to good men is shaping up to the aspect that they drink excremental water to shock and awake faults of another person or they mention about fecal matter or throw around excremental water to make cheerful atmosphere and break a nasty quarter with another person. Even if we grant that the mention about excretion is anathema, interesting incidents related with excretion give pleasant laughter to readers. These excreta motifs in river novels show moderate satire and productive humor and role as the function of relax by mocking bad men. The excreta motif of river novels is in charge of an axis of river novel's satire and humor differently with the excreta motif of another novels.

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