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Butterfly Sleep

Butterfly Sleep By Kim Kyung Ju Translated by Jake Levine Time: This story takes place in the early period of the Joseon dynasty, in the summer, during the time when the fortress, the walls, and the four main gates of old Seoul were under construction. The chief carpenter was commissioned by the king for the project. During this period, although the kingdom was afflicted with drought and famine, a requisition was issued to the subjects of all the lands to provide labor. Unable to return to their homes, without lodging, workers were forced to work by day and sleep outdoors in the open at night. The fortress was divided into stone structures and earthen ramparts. The construction area measured 59,500 cheok (about 18 kilometers). As was promised in the terms of the requisition, some of the workers were sent back home after the first round of construction was completed. Around this time horrific rumors and infectious diseases circulated inside the fortress. Unable to endure the extremity of the labor, increasing numbers of workers fled through the fortress gate. Setting: Unable to tell whether it is day or night it is as if the characters suffer from sleeplessness. 67 As if http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

By Kim Kyung Ju Translated by Jake Levine Time: This story takes place in the early period of the Joseon dynasty, in the summer, during the time when the fortress, the walls, and the four main gates of old Seoul were under construction. The chief carpenter was commissioned by the king for the project. During this period, although the kingdom was afflicted with drought and famine, a requisition was issued to the subjects of all the lands to provide labor. Unable to return to their homes, without lodging, workers were forced to work by day and sleep outdoors in the open at night. The fortress was divided into stone structures and earthen ramparts. The construction area measured 59,500 cheok (about 18 kilometers). As was promised in the terms of the requisition, some of the workers were sent back home after the first round of construction was completed. Around this time horrific rumors and infectious diseases circulated inside the fortress. Unable to endure the extremity of the labor, increasing numbers of workers fled through the fortress gate. Setting: Unable to tell whether it is day or night it is as if the characters suffer from sleeplessness. 67 As if

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Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & CultureUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 11, 2017

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