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Kang Shin-Jae

  • Birth
    1924 ~ 2001
  • Occupation
    Novelist
  • First Name
    Shin-Jae
  • Family Name
    Kang
  • Korean Name
    강신재
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  • Kang Shin-Jae (hangul: 강신재, hanja: 康信哉; 8 May 1924 – 12 May 2001) was a female novelist, essayist and playwright of Korea. She graduated from Kyunggi Girls' High School. She entered Ewha Womans University, but dropped out of college after her second year.

    She started her career as a writer in 1949 on the recommendation of Kim Dong-ni, publishing short stories "Face" (얼굴) and "Jeong Suni" (정순이). Her major works included the novels Dandellions of Imjin River (임진강의 민들레), Waves (파도), Today and Tomorrow (오늘과 내일), short story collections Young Zelkova Tree (젊은 느티나무),[1] Journey (여정), and essay collection Sandcastle (모래성). She published romantic stories like "The Tribulation of Mr. Pyo" (표 선생 수난기) and "Young Zelkova Tree" (젊은 느티나무), which depict illicit love stories that were very extreme at that time. Most of her novels discuss breaking social morals and conventions and the principle subject matter was the eternal triangle and adultery. She was awarded the Korean Writers' Association Award (한국문인협회상) in 1959 and the Female Writers' Award (여성문학상) in 1967.

    "Young Zelkova Tree" is a love story between step-siblings (Hyunkyu and Sookhee). A love letter causes them to start to have a secret love affair. They feel happy and also fearful about the relationship. Sookhee leaves Hyunkyu because she cannot bear the situation anymore. However they meet again under the zelkova tree and promise to love despite all their obstacles.[2]

    "Young Zelkova Tree" was made into a movie directed by Lee Sunggu in 1968. The leading actors were Shin Seong-il and Moon Hee.

     

    Source URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kang_Shin-jae

  • Kang Shin-Jae est considérée comme une auteure appartennant au courant du "lyrisme" en Corée du Sud, c'est-à-dire une littérature portée sur la contemplation et la méditation allant plutôt à contre-courant du modernisme. Ses thèmes traitent principalement de l'amour ainsi que de l'identité et de la place des femmes au sein de la société coréenne. À l'instar de beaucoup d'auteurs classiques en Corée, elle a aussi beaucoup écrit sur l'histoire coréenne, et notamment sur la royauté en Corée2.

    Son roman le plus connu est Un jeune orme (Jeolmeun neutinamu). Il s'agit d'une histoire d'amour entre deux jeunes Coréens qui vont entrer dans les ennuis à la suite de la découverte de correspondances prouvant l'adultère ; la jeune protagoniste décide de quitter son fiancé, mais ils finissent par se réconcilier et se promettre fidélité sous un orme3.

     

    Source URL: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kang_Shin-jae

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