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The Allegory of Fantasy Novels and the Ecriture of Korean Children’s Writers

KIM, CHANGHYUN 1 Kim, Kyunghwa 2 Sangwon Ahn 3 Lee NoMi 3 Hyesun Jeong 4

1공주교육대학교
2안양대학교
3성균관대학교
4성균관대학교 동아시아역사연구소

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to analyze the ecriture, a kind of collectivewriting which appears in Three Sips of Spring Water, and investigate thesuppressed orders embedded in Korean children's literature. Through theprocess, this study aims to reveal the roots of the lack of diversity, excessivemoralism, and naive innocence of childhood, which are the typicalcharacteristics of Korean children's literature and at the same time theproblems, and critically introspect their political qualities. Three Sips ofSpring Water is a work which the author and publisher declared to beaiming at Korean fantasy. The characteristic of fantasy novels is the distinctallegory structure that provokes imagination. Therefore, by comparingwith other works in terms of how this book recreates the typical allegory of fantasy novels, it can reveal the storytelling method of this work. Based on the result of comparison with the well-known Lord of the Ringsand Harry Potter series, Three Sips of Spring Water generally follows thegrammar of fantasy, which are a dualized world and loose allegory, butdeviates from the typical subject of fantasies, the longing and resistanceto authority, and embodies the Korea reasons of attraction to affectionand coexistence. However, despite such achievements, its way of expressingthe subject is simple and instructive. This originates from the 'favor-granting' attitude of Korean children's writers, The basis created fromthe ecriture that announces such attitude is the narrowness and exclusivenessof the Korean children's literary world.

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