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Lee, Jae-Yon
Division Of General Studies
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  • 20th century Korean fiction and criticism
  • Print culture, Literary sociology (network analysis, topic modeling)

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Reading national heroes from fantasy : Shin Chae-ho's "The Dream Heaven"

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Title
Reading national heroes from fantasy : Shin Chae-ho's "The Dream Heaven"
Author
Lee, Jae-Yon
Keywords
Shin Chae-ho; Social Darwinism; Religious nationalism; Collective identity; Metahistory; New People(shin min)
Issue Date
2004-03
Publisher
한국학중앙연구원
Citation
THE REVIEW OF KOREAN STUDIES, v.7, no.1, pp.165 - 186
Abstract
Up to the present, the writings of Shin Chae-ho (1880-1936) have been evaluated by dualism. His historical writings, often recognized as the symbol of national identity and the spirit of independence, have been hailed for their contribution to the anti-Japanese movement during the colonial period (1910-1945), whereas his literary works received aesthetically low appreciation due to their political aspects, that is, their use of narrative as a tool for promoting national identity. This dualism, however, provides an important reason for revisiting Shin's literary writings; they contain important clues to understanding his historical perspectives, which are singular in the formation of religious and spiritual nationalism before and during the colonial period. Beyond a dichotomy of literature and history, this paper aims to examine the comprehensive structure between narrative and ideology where the discourse of the people forms that of national characteristics. Through a close reading of Shin's fiction, "The Dream Heaven" (Kkum Haneul), I will explore the images of national heroes in their connection with the historical formation of the concept of new people in the discourse of the invented tradition.
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https://scholarworks.unist.ac.kr/handle/201301/9133
ISSN
1229-0076
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