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Representation of Locality and Aestheticus Space

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2017, 74(1), pp.63-95
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.74.1.201702.63
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : January 12, 2017
  • Accepted : February 2, 2017
  • Published : February 28, 2017

Lee,jihoon 1

1경기대학교

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ABSTRACT

The description of the daily world in the Sinsoseol (the New Novel) has been widely discussed as a crucial achievement in contemporary Korean novels. Such a description is mainly composed of representing localities in a political manner. For instance, by drawing ‘civilized space’ or describing ‘barbaric space’. An important change in relation to space occurred after 1910, which is represented by the frequent usage of the main background as the title of the novel. This signifies a change in the way that space was realized and represented in the Sinsoseol. Such a change was possible due to various reasons, including the experience of new perspectives which took place at the time, the expansion of viewpoints, and the discovery of ‘landscapes’. In the case of Yi Hae-jo, the core spaces that appear in his novels came to be used as the titles from 1910. These novels include Soyangjung, Tangeumdae, and Sohakryung. The vital point in these novels is that despite the suggestion of the area as the core element in continuing the narrative, the inherent political meaning or representation of the locality came to slowly fade away. Furthermore, as these beautiful spots and areas are being suggested as the main space present in the novels, the aesthetic sceneries come to be discovered, which are actively used by the author to reveal the emotional state of the characters. Such emotion forms a new aesthetic/sentimental space as it becomes connected to the aesthetic sceneries. This spatial transformation allows a new discussion on the change of the Sinsoseol after 1910.

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