Since mankind began inventing letters and writing, history has meant the history of men. In myths that can be described as the first record of the world and human beings, the great hero is always male, and women are described as negative. However, since the late nineteenth century, negative perceptions of women have changed. The motivation was a feminist movement that began in 1890 with the struggle for women's suffrage. The feminist movement has tried to break down the existing "created images" that women are dependent on men and to establish new ones. It was the new interpretation of women in Greek mythology, the Bible, etc. that showed the most visible outcome of all these efforts. Particularly outstanding efforts in this process were new interpretations of literary and artistic genres such as plays, novels, films, operas, paintings, and dance. Many works of art during this period actively reinterpreted women in myth and classical literature. These attempts at reinterpreting women in myths and literatures were made in the vast wave of women's emancipation. Therefore, it is necessary to trace that process and make it a database, because it is a study and record of human emancipation that man has continuously tried. Based on this awareness, this project has studied various media transformations of women appearing in myths and literature and made them into a database. Specifically, we selected a total of 402 female characters appearing in the myths and literature of the East and the West, and compared and analyzed how they are transformed - through 13 main-media(Architecture, Game, Performance, Advertising, Design, Cartoon, Dance, Literature, Photography, Video, Music, Modeling, Painting) and 113 sub-media. As a result, a total of 2,007 contents including 402 prototype contents and 1605 transformed contents were loaded in DB. The media used in the process of transforming prototype contents was very diverse. We could confirm TV dramas, paintings, operas, musicals and novels are still yet representative media. In addition, our study has shown that media conversion to female characters in Asian mythology and literature has not yetbeen actively pursued.
1. Contribution to the development of the Humanities
study allows women's history to be understood in a large category of human emancipation.
Furthermore, it enables also deep reflection on the human being itself.
- Through our study, research data related to women and accumulated so far will be integrated and organized into a web dictionary. This web dictionary will function as the hub of the Women's Studies. At the same time it will contribute to the development of feminist studies, such as feminism studies, gender studies.
2. Contribution to the development of the social and economic development
The data in the will function as origin source of OSMU production method in digital age. Through this it will contribute to the development of Korean cultural contents industry suffering from lack of origin source.
3. The development of Various Curriculum
can be used as a good teaching tool which provides various historical interpretations and rich mythicalmultimedia data in mythology, literature, and women-related classes. It will also enable the development of various subjects like , , , , . It will be possible to develop convergence study and education by linking knowledge of humanities, media studies and natural science such as mythology, literature, and women's studies.
4. Expert training
In the Korean cultural contents industry, which lacks the systematic training on digital storytelling, our project will contribute to fostering and training experts in the following aspects.
1) can provide a wealth of materials that can be used in content creation for students majoring in literature, performances, and movies. in the future they will be able to make a great contribution to the growth of the Korean cultural industry.
2) Full-time personnel and assistants in this project had the opportunity to grow as an expert in carrying out the project.
Research Title : Multimedia Transformation DB of Women in Myths and Literature
KRM Task Information
Chief of Research : Lee, Sang-Bok
Research Institution : Wonkwang University
Research Period : 2 Years 9 Months (December 01, 2013 — August 31, 2016)