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A Study on the Yonhaengnok of Nam Gong-cheol

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2019, (39), pp.153-182
  • DOI : 10.52723/JKL.39.153
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : March 31, 2019
  • Accepted : May 10, 2019
  • Published : May 31, 2019

An, Soon-Tae 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this article is to introduce the overall contents of “Diary日記” of Nam Gongcheol南公轍 and reveal its characteristics. In the year of 1807, he participated the ambassador group as a representative officer of Donggisa冬至使, and his diary recorded his experience. "Diary" has two books in Seikido成簣堂library of Ishikawa Takeyoshi石川武美 library in Tokyo, Japan. Originally, there were three books, but the first one was lost. However, it is possible to reconstruct the journey of the first book that has been lost through the "Jungju-Urok中州偶錄", which is the record of the person who participated in the same trip. The second book and the third book of the present book are the record from the time immediately after arriving in Beijing to the time of returning to Joseon after completion of the mission. It is presumed that the "Diary" was recorded during the trip or during the stay in Beijing. Because he participated in the group as a representitive officer, he was restricted from acting in the process of going to Beijing from Hanyang and staying in Beijing. Because of this, he was very limited to be able to see and hear directly. Instead, he was exchanging information with Chinese people through Nam Seokro南石老, and he recorded what Nam Seokro have reported. The "Diary" records most of the exchanges with the Chinese literary people through the Nam Seokro, but also reports on what Nam Gong-cheol have seen himself. During his stay in Beijing, he met with many Chinese people including Cao Jiang曹江, Chen Yongguang陳用光, and Zhu Yuren褚裕仁. "Diary" also has a detailed record of it. Another remarkable thing in “Diary” is the record of the magic. Nam Gongcheol invited the magician to watch the magic, and it is characteristic that the portrayal of the manner in which it is performed is not only realistic, but also describes in an analytical manner what kind of tricks the magic is taking. There is little known about the existence of Nam Gongcheol’s Yonhaengnok. Descriptions of things such as the building system are overly detailed, but such detailed descriptions seem to be glowing in the recordings of the Chinese literary companions and magic.

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