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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

The Emergence of the Modern Concept of “Munye” in Korea

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2010, v.50 no.1, pp.178-208
https://doi.org/10.25024/kj.2010.50.1.178

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Abstract

“Munye” is an opaque and problematic concept, in the sense that while there is some overlap with modern literature and art, it is also closely connected to other areas such as science and culture. Munye’s conceptual formation was connected in many respects to complex and heterogeneous elements, such as the dissolution of traditional ideology, contact with Western civilization, the appearance of the modern mass media, the expansion of Japanese imperialism,the efforts of Koreans to overcome colonial rule, and so forth. Focusing on these kinds of problematic issues, the present study attempts to examine the process through which “munye” was employed and represented during the Korean enlightenment and colonial period, and tries to figure out how the concept of munye constituted a peculiar realm of meaning, which cannot find an accurate match in terms such as literature, art, science, or culture.

keywords
mun munye (literature and art) do/dao letters literature art concept culture colonial modernization mass media journalism

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