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“Sasameyuki” Theory -the culture that be destroying-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2018, (78), pp.239-253
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..78.201808.239
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : May 31, 2018
  • Accepted : August 3, 2018
  • Published : August 31, 2018

Kang, Ji-Yoon 1

1동경대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper studies Junichiro Tanizaki’s novel “Sasameyuki (The Makioka Sisters)”. I aimed to reread texts that were described as works depicting the elegant everyday life of the Sisters of the “Makioka family” focusing on context. In consideration of that events before the time depicted in the story of texts were described as the important points, this paper focused on the changings of the Makioka family after the death of the sister’s father. Tatsuo, an adopted son-in-law who became the new family head, transfers to another person their office in Senba “which makes a boast of the past from the Tokugawa period.” A main house in Uehonmachi was destroyed by Tatsuo transferred to Tokyo. The Makioka Family in context of texts became a different household from the Makioka family when the sister’s father was alive. “Sasameyuki” is progressing with the event of Yukiko(the third daughter)’s marriage proposal as the axis, but Tatsuo who should deal with the Yukiko’s marriage proposal as the family head of the Makioka Family, becomes the author who destroys the Makioka Family. Teinosuke who becomes a guardian instead of Tatsuo is still in a position to deny the Makioka family, so the story of the marriage proposal of Yukiko has to be read as being different from the past. By considering the "Makioka family" as a changeable subject rather than as a confirmed existence, a new reading different from the previous analysis becomes possible.

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