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Kisaju from Paek-yŏng Collection -The New Aspect of Glossaries for novels and Dongguk Myeongsan Dongcheonjuhaegi-

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2023, (47), pp.103-124
  • DOI : 10.52723/JKL.47.103
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : March 31, 2023
  • Accepted : May 10, 2023
  • Published : May 31, 2023

Solmi Chung 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The main objective of this paper is to introduce the bibliographic information and contents of Kisaju from Paek-yŏng collection along with its literary value. Kisaju is a Sino-Korean book written by a 19th-century scholar with diverse interests, in which he compiled and transcribed various literary works, excerpts, and information, based on extensive references to valuable literary sources. The book can be divided into five main parts: ① Chinese poems (詞) ② Records from Kanghanjib ③ Miscellaneous information on daily life and yangsheng ④ Unconventional records from Joseon dynasty ⑤ Miscellaneous information related to history, rituals, and laws. Among these parts, particular attention should be given to sections ③ and ④. Section ③ includes a partial transcription of the “Ilgaesimkwaechockorok”, which provides clues for a comprehensive understanding of the later period’s glossaries for novels. Unlike the other records in later Joseon period which mainly focus on Xi You Ji, Shuihu zhuan, and Xi xiang ji, “Ilgaesimkwaechockorok” primarily deals with Jin Ping Mei (金甁梅). Furthermore, unlike other transcribed fiction records, the Chinese pronunciation is provided alongside the Korean translation, allowing us to observe the diverse aspects of glossaries for novels. In section ④, parts of the main text of Dongguk Myeongsan Dongcheonjuhaegi (東國名山洞天註解記) are recorded. Dongguk Myeongsan Dongcheonjuhaegi has been known only to have its preface and postscript included in Wayurok (臥遊錄). However, through this book, we can partially examine the text and ascertain that it aimed to reorganize the geography of Joseon within the framework of Taoistic thought, based on the pride in nature of Joseon. Various research outcomes are expected in the future utilizing Gisaju.

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