Essays have been advancing by leaps and bounds these days in our reading world, warranting the moniker “the golden age of healing essays.” Literary critic Jung Ju-a’s article reads the socio-cultural significance of the recent essay craze in our society as the expression of youth’s agonized response to a need to answer the question “how to live.” At the same time, it examines the new challenge that the era of first-person narratives, which intentionally choose self-centeredness, despite its limitation in perspective, raise for the fictional genre, through fictional works by Park Solmay, Kim Keum Hee, and Choi Eun-young.
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