S-Space Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies (규장각한국학연구원) Korean Culture (한국문화) Korean Culture (한국문화) vol.69-72(2015)
〈숙영낭자전〉의 聖俗 갈등과 그 의미
The meaning of the conflict of the value between holiness and secularity in 〈Sookyoungnangjajeon(숙영낭자전)〉
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- 서울대학교 규장각한국학연구원
- 한국문화, Vol.72, pp. 271-294
- 〈숙영낭자전〉; 성과 속; 사랑; 세속적; 비극성; 존재론적 고민; 〈Sookyoungnangjajeon〉; holiness and secularuty; love; secular; tragedy; ontological agony
- 〈Sookyoungnangjajeon〉 is affectional novel estimated to be created from the late 18th century to the early 19th century. However, in the way that this novel describes the heroines death and resuscitation in the contrary of the other affectional novel, so I intend to investigate the cause and meaning of the death.
Sookyoung and Paeksungoon, the heroine and hero, as the celestial maiden and official, descended to the human world owing to the sin of their love, and they continued to be closely bound up together by Heavens will. However, Paeksanggong, Sungoons human father, had doubts about Sookyoungs chastity and finally led her to die. This story contains the conflict of the value between holinesas and secularity. Sookyoung, a celestial maiden, could not adapt herself to the secular life and met her death. It would be to show the power of secular value.
On the other hand, the love has the meaning as a new value which does not belong to any part in the middle between holiness and secularity. However, this work shows the end which the love of the spiritual value met a tragedy by material secularism. It might be possibility of just the romantic wish that Sookyoung revived and ascended to heaven with Sungoon.
This novel reflects the social aspect which holy world was denied and then actualism was getting stronger, and describes the agony of human resisting secularization In this point it is worthy to be evaluated that 〈Sookyoungnangjajeon〉 achieves the serious introspection in the tragic perception.