[Vol. 21 No. 1] KIM SŬNG-OK’S LITERARY RESPONSE TO PAK CHŎNG-HŬI’S RE-MAKING OF KOREAN SOCIETY

Title
Title

Kim Sŭng-ok’s Literary Response to Pak Chŏng-hŭi’s Re-Making of Korean Society

Author
Author

Steven Capener

Volume

Vol. 21 No. 1

Pages

pp. 309~331 (all 23 pages) 

Publication Date

2018.06.15

Keyword

conservatize, re-Confucianize, military style mobilization, societal super-ego, id, mass identity, resistance

Abstract

Kim Sŭng-ok’s early literature has been extensively talked about in regard to a number of themes including as a critique of western capitalism. However, there has been almost no analysis of how some of his early fiction can be read as a response to Pak Chŏng-hŭi’s attempt to create a modern Korean mass identity through conservatizing and re-Confucianizing the nation by means of a powerful military-style mobilization project. After positing the existence of something called “a world of one’s own” in a story titled “Saengmyŏng yŏnsŭp” (Practice for life, 1962) and incorporating a clearly Freudian super-ego vs. Id clash into the plot, Kim Sŭng-ok writes two more stories that can be read as having strong elements of resistance to Pak Chŏng-hŭi’s totalizing project: “Yŏksa” (Strongman, 1963) and “Mujin kihaeng” (Record of a journey to Mujin, 1964). In these stories, his protagonists make efforts to resist the totalizing, subsuming effects of the homogenization and mobilization that appear in the texts and that can be traced to such efforts by the Pak regime. This article will analyze these stories for their attempts to resist the domination of a societal super-ego represented by Pak Chŏng-hŭi’s patriarchal persona and mass mobilization efforts using state power. A psycho-analytic approach will be used to show how Kim attempted to create an individuated ego that could withstand (or escape) the tyranny of this societal super-ego.

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446 [Vol. 21 No. 1] TABLE OF CONTENTS ACTA KOREANA 2018.06.15 839
445 [Vol. 21 No. 1] EDITOR'S NOTE MICHAEL C. E. FINCH 2018.06.15 345
444 [Vol. 21 No. 1] THE SILK ROAD AND KOREA-MIDDLE EAST CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: GUEST EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION LEE HEE SOO 2018.06.15 441
443 [Vol. 21 No. 1] EVALUATION OF KŪSHNĀMA AS A HISTORICAL SOURCE IN REGARD TO DESCRIPTIONS OF BASĪLĀ LEE HEE SOO 2018.06.15 340
442 [Vol. 21 No. 1] POSSIBLE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN HISTORICAL EVENTS AND THE PLOTS OF IRANIAN PRINCES EXILED IN CHĪN AND B.SĪLĀ DEPICTED IN KŪSHNĀMA LIU YINGJUN 2018.06.15 319
441 [Vol. 21 No. 1] GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF SILLĀ IN MUSLIM ASTRONOMICAL LITERATURE OF THE THIRTEENTH TO SIXTEENTH CENTURIES CE MOHAMMAD BAGHER VOSOOGHI 2018.06.15 281
440 [Vol. 21 No. 1] KOREA AND THE MING TRIBUTE SYSTEM IN KHATAYI’S BOOK OF CHINA KAVEH HEMMAT 2018.06.15 316
439 [Vol. 21 No. 1] KEYHOLE-SHAPED TOMBS IN THE YŎNGSAN RIVER BASIN: A REFLECTION OF PAEKCHE-YAMATO RELATIONS IN THE LATE FIFTH– EARLY SIXTH CENTURY DENNIS LEE 2018.06.15 314
438 [Vol. 21 No. 1] BESIEGED ON A FROZEN MOUNTAIN TOP: OPPOSING RECORDS FROM THE QING INVASION OF CHOSŎN, 1636–1637 THOMAS QUARTERMAIN 2018.06.15 338
437 [Vol. 21 No. 1] MING LOYALIST FAMILIES AND THE CHANGING MEANINGS OF CHOJONG’AM IN EARLY NINETEENTH-CENTURY CHOSŎN HAN SEUNGHYUN 2018.06.15 365
436 [Vol. 21 No. 1] MODIFYING THE HAGUE CONVENTION?US MILITARY OCCUPATION OF KOREA AND JAPANESE RELIGIOUS PROPERTY IN KOREA,1945–1948 AN JONG-CHOL 2018.06.15 312
435 [Vol. 21 No. 1] AN INVESTIGATION INTO A NINETEENTH-CENTURY PRIMER FROM CHOSŎN SONG YUNWOO 2018.06.15 310
434 [Vol. 21 No. 1] CLAIMING COLONIAL MASCULINITY: SEX AND ROMANCE WITH JAPANESE WOMEN IN CH’AE MANSIK’S COLONIAL FICTION KIM SU YUN 2018.06.15 367
433 [Vol. 21 No. 1] SHIFTS IN CHARACTERIZATION IN LITERARY TRANSLATION: REPRESENTATION OF THE “I”-PROTAGONIST OF YI SANG’S WINGS LEE SANG BIN 2018.06.15 1525
432 [Vol. 21 No. 1] KIM SŬNG-OK’S LITERARY RESPONSE TO PAK CHŎNG-HŬI’S RE-MAKING OF KOREAN SOCIETY STEVEN CAPENER 2018.06.15 345
431 [Vol. 21 No. 1] LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION: THE STORY OF CHANGHWA AND HONGNYŎN Translated by FRANKLIN RAUSCH with GILLIEAN LEE and SUJIN LEE 2018.06.15 376
430 [Vol. 21 No. 1] BOOK REVIEWS ACTA KOREANA 2018.06.15 313