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KOR 60 WK 4 LEC 1 KOREAN 60 Reading Korean Dramas as Variations of Cinderella Stories Cinderella In Korea by Timothy R. Tangherlini (UCLA Folklore) Today’s Menu Why Study Folklore- Best way to understand why the same characters and stories are repeated in dramas? Case Study of Korea’s Cinderella A Folklorist’s Approach to Understand Typical Drama plots and casts of characters Introduction The Cinderella folktale has been documented from France to China and from Germany to Korea.- Variants of Cinderella from these countries have been subject to numerous academic studies, while Korea’s variants better known as K’ongjwi P’atjwi (derived from the words ‘soy bean’ and ‘mung bean’) remain more obscure.-While such countries such as China and Japan are being recognized for their Cinderella scholarships, Korean tradition has ignored till recently, perhaps due to the fact that while other countries carry a hefty sum of translations of this tale, Korea does not. Watch Video link-Kongji and patji (Korea’s Education Broadcasting Station-EBS)- K’ongjwi P’atjwi Narratives and Variations Most popular of all Korean folktales (out of over 300 people asked in the subway of Seoul, ALL of them recognized the tale.) Three main types of K’ongjwi P’atjwi Narratives : 1.) Rooth’s Type B (known as type 1) 2.) Rooth’s Type Ab (known as type 2) 3.) Haellim Tallim (known as type 3) …in Tangherlini’s article. Total number of variants for K’ongjwi P’atjwi : A.) type one tales -24 variants (Rooth’s Type B) B.) type two tales-9 variants (Rooth’s Type Ab) C.) type three tales-3 variants (Haellim Tallim) Tale of Changhwa Hongryon ( Made into Horror Movie- Tale of Two Sisters) , closely related type two of the K’ongjwi P’atwji tale. Names are switched around and both deal with the triumph of filial daughters over the second wife and her non-filial children. Cast of characters are all familiar from Fairy tales and Folktales (Disney versions): K'ongjwi (KJ)-Soy bean- Good and beautiful Sister- Our drama heroine resembles Cinderella who epitomizes "filial" (hyo) daughter, obedient, devoted to family/teacher/boss at all costs. Sacrificing herself to keep the family intact P'atjwi (PJ)- red bean (adzuki beans) -evil, ugly, jealous and lazy step sister.
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