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Korean War Experience and Female Refugees’ Perspective in Settaebigam

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2020, (41), pp.203-225
  • DOI : 10.52723/JKL.41.203
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : March 31, 2020
  • Accepted : May 10, 2020
  • Published : May 31, 2020

Lee Hye Gyoung 1

1계명대학교

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ABSTRACT

Settaebigam is a manuscript gasa work expressed in a four-verse lyric style based on a story about Korean War situations that she experienced from the perspective of a refugee along with her own story. This study is intended to research the author’s life and ideas adhered to the field in detail in order to establish a new categorization of gasa by reviewing the literary characteristic of gasa created during Korean War. This study covers the theory of the work by categorize the contents into three paragraphs as the introduction of Settaebigam, which hasn’t been discussed so far other than the introduction of the work. The introduction part of the work arranges the details of Korean War in sequence and reproduces the reality of those days from the time after the liberation to the outbreak of the war and the Great Naktong Offensive. This is how the restoration of reality based on the official historical description was made possible. In the middle part, the author’s unfair emotion and distress due to prison life by treachery during the war are viewed, along with her efforts to forget her adversity in the unconscious world through dream. The work ends with her wish for the future in the desolate reality after being released from 1 year of imprisonment. Settaebigam embodies the historic facts derived from the author’s war experience and the escapism to overcome her own personal adversity through the literary imagination. It shares the characteristic of report literature with non-fiction and fiction mixed. Therefore, this study is intended for new categorization of gasa literature as a report gasa by highlighting the distinct characteristics of the period in the work created during the situation of Korean War.

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