박태원의 1940년대 연작형 사소설의 의미 : The Meaning of the Serialized Autobiological Novels Written of Park Tae-won circa 1940

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서울대학교 인문대학 인문학연구원
인문논총, Vol.58, pp. 301-329
The purpose of this study was to provide analytical review of the
complex, obscure psyche of the writer Park Tae-won as expressed in his
serialized autobiographical novels written circa 1940 and to explore new
interpretation and evaluation possibilities regarding his works.
This is, in a way, a challenge to the existing views of his publications
in late 1930s to 1940s where he is often portrayed as an author who joined
hands with pro-Japanese forces of that time, having wholeheartedly
empathized with Imperialist Japan's Pan-Asianism and the New Order
ideology (Japan's wartime totalitarianism). Rather, Park Tae-won's works
during the post-1940 era should be reviewed in the full context of the
conflict and contradiction shown by other writers of the time through their
"newspaper novels (novels serialized in daily newspapers)" as well as
autobiographical fictions. At the same time, his novels should be evaluated
from the standpoint that acknowledges the presence of the reinforced fascist
mobilization mechanism centering around the iconic Emperor of Japan
during late Japanese Colonial Period and the sanction of such presence.
Considering these two-sided characteristics of the period in question, this
researcher intended to provide a new evaluative approach to Park's
"Self-Portrait" series by utilizing, as a clue, the Japanese creditor and the
Koreans' name change coerced by Imperialist Japan appearing in Park's
novel "Family Indebted (1941)".
Based on this researcher's perspective presented herein, Park Tae-won's
serialized autobiographical novels are in fact issue-laden, implicating his
secretive as well as sensitive criticism of the Imperialist Japan's increasing
control over the already planned economic system.
Such interpretation regarding Park's works challenges us to understand
the late Colonial Period Korean writers' literary works at a deeper level, for
those writers and their publications of that time have those inherent
obscure and complex qualities, deciphering of which at the surface level can
only provide us with insufficient, unbalanced analysis and evaluation of
their legacy. Unfortunately, many studies of the literature in that period
appear to have imposed a limit where the writers and their works were
interpreted by unquestioningly accepting political and propaganda-minded
perspectives generated by a mechanism of falsehood and hypocrisy and thus
overlooking "the other side." Such limited viewpoint is undesirable
considering the idiosyncrasy of the period's fictional works that require
precise deciphering of the secret codes hidden behind the veils of the
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