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A study on the literary source of Unyeong-jeon

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2012, (26), pp.133-164
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Published : November 30, 2012

Yi, Ji-Young 1

1안동대학교

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ABSTRACT

Unyeong-jeon begins with the sentence, "Mansion Sooseong was the mansion of Prince Anpyeong in the past". Mansion Sooseong is the main space of the novel. But Prince Anpyeong's mansion had not been called Mansion Sooseong in his days. The name '壽成宮' has been used after Prince Anpyeong was died for treason and his mansion was handed over to the royal concubines of King Moonjong. Mansion Sooseong was written as 壽聖宮, too. 壽聖宮 is found in the document of Chosun period, but it is the false report of Palace Ingyeong. The writer join Mansion Sooseongs and Palace Ingyeong for he intended the overlapping of two images, Prince Anpyeong and palace. As Mansion Sooseong is the palace in Unyeong-jeon, the maids of Mansion Sooseong is represented as the court lady. They cannot go out freely, cannot meet another man but Prince Anpyeong, and can't marry. However this image of court lady is unreal. There is difference between the women of Unyeong-jeon and real court lady of Chosun. I infer the unreal image of this novel from the Songs of court lady, some kind of Chinese Music Bureau poetry, because I can find the image of incarcerated court lady in the Songs of court lady. Besides, many songs of court lady is written in female narrator's first person like Unyeong-jeon. So I think Unyeong-jeon was written in the Songs literary tradition of Chinese Music Bureau poetry and romantic novel of Chosun.

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