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Images of the Family in 1950s Korea: The Family as a Metaphor for Repose

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In Korea, the family became a major theme in art in the 1950s. In earlier works, family members had been included in paintings, but usually only because they were serving as artists' models. In the 1950s, family was an important theme in literature as well as art. Literary works repeatedly described families lost during the war, families broken and scattered, and families having difficulty leading normal family lives. There was an explosion of literary works that were based on the experience of loss during the war, especially the complete destruction of families, to protest against the inhumanity of war. In this chapter, the author clarifies the difference between images of the family from before the 1950s, that is, before the Korean War, and those produced during the 1950s by examining the works of Chang Ucchin, Lee Joong-seop and Park Soo-keun.

Keywords: Chang Ucchin; family; Korea; Lee Joong-seop; Park Soo-keun



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