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On the Possibility of searching the “original text" of <Guummong>

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2011, (24), pp.101-124
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Kim, Dongwook 1

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ABSTRACT

This essay has a doubtful point explained by other researchers who endlessly tried to find the "original text" of <Guunmong>. So far, we have a lot of studies on the text of <Guunmong>. All of them tried to distinguish the "original text" of <Guunmong>. However, <Guunmong> is not one of the sacred books, which people would not even change a letter of them. <Guunmong> is a novel, and anyone who transcribed it could have changed its text on purpose. Even if we suppose that there was no intentional change by transcription, it is still impossible to reconstruct the "original text" because both "A group" and "B group" texts have defective sentences, and it is believed that <Samjangsi> which was used as a proof was not on the "original text" from the start. The conclusion of this research is that without Seopo's own handwriting text of <Guunmong>, any effort to find or reconstruct the "original text" of <Guunmong> based upon existing texts, is in vain.

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