Main Article Content

Suyun RYU


In the early 2000s, Hwang Seok-young published three full-length novels. They were The Old Garden (2000), The Guest (2001) and Sim-Cheong (2003). The return trilogy attracted much attention in that they were works that informed Hwang Seok-yeong’s return to the Korean literary world. He visited North Korea in 1989 and exiled in Germany until 1993. He was imprisoned shortly after returning home in 1993 and imprisoned until 1998. Conflict and anguish due to his personal history overlap in the three works. It was the thematic focus of ‘return’. ‘Return’ is not simply returning. Above all, it is an encounter with ‘self-absence’ and is the most positive return to think of ‘today’. Furthermore, the final goal is to reconcile with the present. Therefore, the three long-time narratives he published were Hwang Seok-young’s return process as a writer.


Download data is not yet available.

Article Details

How to Cite
RYU, S. (2019). EAST ASIA, THE RESTORATION OF MEMORIES AND NARRATIVE OF RETURN. International Journal of Korean Humanities and Social Sciences, 5, 37-56. https://doi.org/10.14746/kr.2019.05.03
Author Biography

Suyun RYU, Inha University, Frontier College 100 Inha-ro, Michuhol Gu, Incheon, South Korea

Frontier College, Assistant Professor


  1. 강용훈 (Kang Yong-hoon). 2007. 황석영 장편소설에 나타난 귀환의 의미 Hwang Seok-yeong jangpyeon soseol-e natanan gwihwan-ui uimi (A Study on the meaning of the returning in Hwang Suk-Young’s Novel). 한국문예비평연구Hangug Munyebipyeong yeongu (Korean Literary Review) 24: 259-283
  2. 권경미 (Kwon Kyong-mi). 2013. 지식인 주체의 생존 현실 인식과 저항의 서사 Jisigin juche-ui saengjon hyeonsil insig-gwa jeohang-ui seosa (The Recognition of Survival Reality of Intellectuals subject and the Narrative of Resistance), 한국문예창작 Hangug Munye Changjag (Korean Literary Creative Writing) 12-1: 207-235.
  3. 남진우 (Nam Jin-woo). 2000. 돌의 정원: 황석영 소설과 알레고리적 상상력 Dol-ui jeongweon: Hwang Seok-yeong soseol-gwa allegorijeog sangsangryeog (Stone Garden: Hwang Seok-yeong’s Novel and Allegory Imagination), 문학동네 Munhakdongne 2000, vol. 7 (3): 1-19.
  4. 문재원 (Mun Jae-won). 2006. 황석영의 “심청”의 근대성과 탈근대성 Hwang Seokyeong-ui Simcheong-ui geundaeseong-gwa talgeundaeseong (A Study on Soggyung Hwang’s Shim Chong’s modernity and post-modernity), 한국문학논총 韓國文學論叢 Hangug Munhag Nonchong (Korea Publications) 43: 351-375.
  5. 백영서 (Baek Yeong-seo). 1992. 분단체제의 인식을 위하여 Bundan cheje-ui insig-eul wihayeo (For the Recognition of the Divided System), 창작과비평 Changjag-gwa Bipyeong (The Quarterly Changbi) 1992, Winter: 288-309.
  6. 서영채 (Seo Yeong-chae). 2004. 창녀 심청과 세 개의 진혼제 Chanyeo Simcheong-gwa se gae-ui jinhongje (Simcheong as a Prostitute and Three Repose of Souls), 문학동네 Munhakdongne 2004. Vol. 11 (1):1-15.
  7. 양진오 (Yang Jin-oh). 2001. 해원하는 영혼과 죽어가는 노인들 - 황석영의 “손님” 과 김원일의 „슬픈 시간의 기억„ Haeweon-haneun Yeonghon-gwa jugyeoganeun noindeul – Hwang Seok-yeong-ui “Sonnim”-gwa KimWeon-il-ui “Seulpeun sigan-ui gieog (The Miseries of the Soul and the Dying Old Men), 문학과사회 Munhag-gwa Sahoe (Literature and Society), 2001. Vol. 14 (3): 1229-1238.
  8. 오생근 (Oh Saeng Geun). 2003. „오래된 정원” 과 시간을 이기는 사랑의 힘 „Oraedwen Jeongweon”-gwa siganeul igineun sarang-ui him (The Old Garden and the Power of Love over Time), In: 황석영 문학의 세계 Hwang Seok-yeong Munhag-ui segye (The World of Hwang Seok-yeong’s Novel), 최원식·임홍배 편 (Choi Won-sik and Leem Hong-bae)(eds.), pp. 81-99. Seoul: 창비Changbi.
  9. 오태호 (Oh Tae-ho). 2005a. 오래된 서사 Oraedwen Seosa (An Old Narrative), Seoul: 하늘연못 Haneul-yeongmot.
  10. 오태호 (Oh Tae-ho). 2005b. 황석영 소설에 나타난 이데올로기적 주체의 변화 양상 고찰 Hwang Seok-hyeong soseol-e natanan ideollogijeog juche-ui byeonghwa yangsang gochal (A Study for changing of ‘Ideologic subjects’ in Hwang Seok-young’s Novels), 국제어문 Gugje Eomun (International Language and Literature) 33: 263-291.
  11. 이재영 (Lee Jae-Yeong). 2003. 진실과 화해 – „손님”론 Jinsil-gwa hwahae – „Sonnim”-ron. In: 황석영 문학의 세계 Hwang Seok-yeong Munhag-ui segye (The World of Hwang Seok-yeong’s Novel) 최원식·임홍배 편 (Choi Won-sik and Leem Hong-bae) (eds.), pp.100-116. Seoul: 창비Changbi.
  12. 최원식 (Choi Won-sik). 2001. 나와 우리, 그리고 세상 Na-wa uri, geurigo sesang (I, We, and World), 창작과비평 Changjag-gwa Bipyeong (The Quarterly Changbi), 2001, vol. 3: 36-59.
  13. 한모니까 (Han Monica). 2015. 남·북한의 ‘수복시구’와 ‘신해방지구’ 편입 비교 Nam-Bukhan-ui subogsigu-wa sinhaebang jigu pyeonib bigyo (A Comparison of the Integration of the “Newly Liberated Areas” and “Retaken Areas” in North and South Korea), 동방학지 Dongbang Hagji (The Journal of Korean Studies) no.170: 233-264.
  14. 황석영 (Hwang Seok-yeong). 2000. 오래된 정원 Oreadwen Jeongweon (The Old Garden) (1). Seoul: 창비 Changbi.
  15. 황석영 (Hwang Seok-yeong). 2000. 오래된 정원Oraedwen Jeongweon (The Old Garden) (2). Seoul: 창비 Changbi.
  16. 황석영 (Hwang Seok-yeong). 2001. 손님 Sonnim (The Guest). Seoul: 창비 Changbi.
  17. 황석영 (Hwang Seok-yeong). 2003. 심청 (Sim Cheong) (1). Seoul: 창비 Changbi.
  18. 황석영 (Hwang Seok-yeong). 2003. 심청 (Sim Cheong) (2). Seoul: 창비 Changbi.