I’ve examined Ji, Ha-Ryun’s short stories. Even though she displayed her ability about the writing, she’s not so noticed yet. That’s why she had gone to North Korea in 1948 and died very young. Her texts are road-narratives. In other words, that is the chronotopes of the road. According to Bakhtin, chronotope means the temporal and spatial indicators funtioning as the knots of the narrative.
Ji, Ha-Ryun’s works have many choronotopes of the road, For instance, going out-returning in “Seperation”, sea shore in ‘‘Summary of staying hometown”, city road and Samchung park in “Autumn”, ‘‘Moutain Road” as the title says, including her famous short story, “The Course”, etc.
The road sybolizes a metaphorical image or shows a topography as real places in the map. Walking the road, the characters recall their past time, encounter or separate their lover, determine their fate or way of living.
Here are two types of the road in the Ji, Ha-Ryun, s texts. The one is gender, another’s national history. The former expressed triangle relationship such as wife-husband-his lover or sister-brother-his friend, the latter was a Marxist hero wandering about the nation’s future in the chronotope of the Korean Liberation from the Japanese colonial period in 1945.