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In Search of Korean Traditional OperaDiscourses of Changguk$
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Andrew Killick

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832902

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832902.001.0001

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Constructing the Nation through Sound

Constructing the Nation through Sound

The Music of Ch’anggŭk

(p.176) Chapter Seven Constructing the Nation through Sound
In Search of Korean Traditional Opera

Andrew Killick

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the ch'angguk's musical eclecticism and its role in the search for a Korean traditional opera. By describing the main musical resources on which ch'angguk draws, their uses in ch'angguk, and the discourses around both, it shows how the music of ch'angguk constitutes a discourse of its own that promotes a certain view of the Korean nation. If the stories of ch'angguk and their physical staging construct the nation in a way that emphasizes national fears—specifically, the fear of penetration by outside forces and hence the implied need for strong, male protectors—the music of ch'angguk constructs the nation in a way that emphasizes national hopes: specifically, the hope of standing proud as a unified and independent nation.

Keywords:   ch'angguk, Korean traditional opera, music, p'ansori, musical eclecticism, Korean nation, national hope

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