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Urbanization of Seoul on Modernizing Period and the Characters of Discourses about Lewd women - focused on the Daehanmaeilsinbo -

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2012, (26), pp.245-276
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Published : November 30, 2012

JEONG, INSOOK 1

1서울시립대학교

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ABSTRACT

The aim of this paper is to examine the urbanization of seoul on modernizing period and the characters of discourses about lewd women. Especially poetic texts on the Daehanmaeilsinbo(大韓每日申報) are under discussion in this paper. The characters of lewd women in poetic texts on the Daehanmaeilsinbo are as follows. The first, lewd women are often described as women adorned with fancy clothes and put on heavy make-up. They waste money and act lasciviously. The second, lewd women are often described as women on the street. They look on something or wander the streets. The third, lewd women are often described as women who threaten hygiene. They are described morbid and dirty. These characters of lewd women have to do with the negative female characters in late chosun. Among the negative female characters, lewdness is magnified as a considerable controversy. Men of enlightenment and patriotism in early 20th thought that every woman had to be virtuous for modern nation-building. However we can find differential views in discourses about enlightenment that seem like inflexible at first appearances.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.