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Images of Tigers in Late Choson Stories: In Relation to the Ecological Crisis of Choson Tigers

Title
Images of Tigers in Late Choson Stories: In Relation to the Ecological Crisis of Choson Tigers
Authors
Kim, YoumeKim, Kyungmi
Ewha Authors
김경미
Issue Date
2021
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF KOREAN STUDIES
ISSN
0731-1613JCR Link

2158-1665JCR Link
Citation
JOURNAL OF KOREAN STUDIES vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 349 - 372
Keywords
tigerslate Chosonliterary representation of tigerstiger ecosystemsecological crisis
Publisher
DUKE UNIV PRESS
Indexed
AHCI; SCOPUS WOS
Document Type
Article
Abstract
This study examines the images of tigers in late Choson stories as they relate to ecological changes during the late Choson period. As a popular literary topic, tigers have held various and sometimes conflicting roles, ranging from Heaven's sacred agents to brutal beasts. The increase in human population and the expansion of farmland caused the loss of tigers' habitats and narrowed their food sources, which eventually increased tiger-human encounters and intensified state-led tiger extermination policies. This study shows that the images of tigers generally shifted from formidable and mysterious beings to controllable, wounded, and even obedient animals over time. The frequent descriptions of tigers killed by women, tigers asking for people's help, and porridge-eating tigers in late Choson stories reflect people's modified view of tigers, even though actual tigers remained a threat during that period. A consideration of the ecological factors depicted in tiger stories over time suggests that changes in the societal point of view regarding these animals impact how tigers' characters were portrayed.
DOI
10.1215/07311613-9155233
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