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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

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

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832902.003.0007

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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