[Vol. 21 No. 1] AN INVESTIGATION INTO A NINETEENTH-CENTURY PRIMER FROM CHOSŎN

Title
Title AN INVESTIGATION INTO A NINETEENTH-CENTURY PRIMER FROM CHOSŎN
Author
Author

Song Yunwoo

Volume

Vol. 21 No. 1

Pages

pp. 231~253 (all 23 pages) 

Publication Date

2018.06.15

Keyword

primer, panjŏl, horoscope, woodblock, print culture

Abstract

During the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, many literacy primers known as panjŏl (反切) were printed in Chosŏn to teach illiterate Koreans the basics of Korean writing. One particular type among them, titled Sin’gan panjŏl (新刊反切, Newly printed primer), is interesting for two reasons. First, although it identifies itself as a primer, most of its contents are in fact horoscope charts which tell fortunes about marriage (kunghap 宮合) as well as inauspicious times in a person’s life (samjae 三災 and chiksŏng 直星). I analyze the principles behind these horoscope charts and show that, while these horoscopes have their origins in Chinese and Indian culture, they have distinctly Korean characteristics. Second, Sin’gan panjŏl may be seen as evidence for a diffusion of han’gŭl literacy driven by economic motivations during the late Chosŏn period. I suggest that Sin’gan panjŏl were probably printed by commercial printers of the time whose primary products were novels. By selling these primers, they could expand their market by bringing literacy to the illiterate, and the horoscope charts would have appealed to even those who were not interested in novels.

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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 2018.06.15 440
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