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Yu Mi-ri’s Linguistic Consciousness and Writing of ‘Porosity'

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2024, 81(1), pp.105-141
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.81.1.202402.105
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : January 22, 2024
  • Accepted : February 6, 2024
  • Published : February 28, 2024

Kim, Jiyoon 1

1포항공과대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article aims to identify the characteristics of language consciousness and writing in Yu Mi-ri’s novels. What could be noted in the author’s early autobiographical writings, including the essay “The Cradle of the Waterfront”, was the identity of ‘Zainichi’ that motivated Yu Mi-ri to write. What made her dignity vulnerable were things related to microscopic socialization processes and daily life, such as voice. However, it is difficult to say that this fact has made her dignity less vulnerable. This is also because it is a political thing that makes people recognize the role of power in social interrelationships. Based on a sensitive self-consciousness of language, Yu Mi-ri considered ‘how’ to write it rather than ‘what’ the attack was inflicted on her. Through his first novel, “Fish Swimming on a Stone”, She asks a speaker who does not speak Korean in the mother tongue whether it is possible to reproduce Korean perfectly in imitation. The artist recognizes that such imitation is impossible as a diaspora in Japan, but at the same time suggests that such imitation is unnecessary by showing a hybrid language notation method beyond the range that perfect imitation reproduction can express. At the same time, “The Far Side of August” starts with a writer’s desire to rebuild her past by using her foreign grandfather, who is the origin of her social identity in Japan, as a real model. However, what the novel draws attention to in the process is another minority individuals who have not been given a voice. The novel gives up the desire to complete the complete narrative and penetrates many people’s voices into the narrative. Although the author did not successfully complete the original plan, it can be said that the novel was completed in a way that illuminates minority individuals that are more suitable for writing in a more prehistoric way.

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