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A Study of Women in Mishima Yukio's Works -Focusing on the research trends concerning its importance-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2019, (80), pp.293-308
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..80.201902.293
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : November 12, 2018
  • Accepted : February 1, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

Lee, Ka-Hyun 1

1筑波大学

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper investigates important research that focuses on female characters who have not been sufficiently studied until now to understand the essence of Yukio Mishima’s literature. The importance of women in Mishima’s literature is emphasized by considering “narcissism,” which has been regarded as the main theme in his writing. It has been pointed out that one of the great characteristics of Mishima’s literature is that the women in many of his works express strong narcissistic personalities. These women develop their narcissism in an extreme form and are portrayed as "monsters" who boldly deviate from the social norms. However, these "monstrous" women are also attractive, determined, and active at the same time. What was Mishima’s intention in drawing such female characters? This question is the starting point of this study. It is important to pay attention to the intense female characters in Mishima’s literature who are repeatedly portrayed as subjective and dominant because it is not possible to pay attention only to men; it is a compositional diagram, a new relationship between a writer and female characters, a new dimension of Mishima’s human inquiry through literature, and a new confrontation between the writer and the era after the war. This paper introduces the study of reclaiming Mishima’s literature from the viewpoint of his female characters as a new, important approach to rethinking the general understanding of Mishima’s literary works.

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