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A Study on “The Mirror Containing A Soul” -with a Focus on the Source of a “The Mysterious Magic Mirror”-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2017, (75), pp.163-186
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..75.201711.163
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : August 29, 2017
  • Accepted : October 27, 2017
  • Published : November 30, 2017

Lee, Jong-Hwan 1

1경북대학교

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ABSTRACT

Kitamura Tokoku's short story titled “The Mirror Containing a Soul” recouts a sad, sorrowful love story between the male and female protagonist. Previous studies on his short story reveal that its publication was met with many negative criticisms including "this is a mysterious novel" and "it reflects Tokoku's morbid aspects." These negative criticisms stem from the fact that the story is bizarre and mysterious. That is, the writer failed to help readers clearly understand the composition and topic of the story, which is centered around sex between the two main characters via “the mysterious magic mirror.” their love token. As a clue to reveal its bizarre nature, the investigator addressed the issue of Tokoku's acceptance of “Eight Samurais Named Do,” one of his short stories’ sources. Hints was found in his comments about “Eight Samurais Named Dog” and in his essays “Discussing the Chastity of a Girl” and “The Lotus Flower of the Mind Pond.”

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