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A study on Soseki Natsume’s 『SANSHIRO』

  • 日本硏究
  • 2013, (35), pp.147-161
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : August 20, 2013

Shin Hyun-Tae 1

1상명대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

We could say that the reason why there are relatively much articles related to 『Sanshiro』 among lots of achievements based upon so-called early trilogy of Natsume Soseki is that the episodes occurred to Sanshiro, a village youth from the time he got on the train does not ends as a mere story of suffering a village youth experienced in big city. It is also because that the events and happenings Sanshiro experienced while facing plunging world were telling the look of Japan as it has been then. It will be the share of readers to choose read this book in which the spirit of Sanshiro grows up, modernity and pre-modernity coexist in the code of lovelornness or read as a course of growing pain. However, if we read again this book focusing on Mineko and Mr. Hirota, two decisive characters to Sanshiro, and assuming that we are not afraid to be cajoled by thoroughgoing strategy of storyteller, we can newly construe this book with the concepts of Sanshiro captivated by himself, Mineko objectificated by Mr. Hirota not Sanshiro and the position of Mr. Hirota critically managed in downright concealment. This is the power of Soseki’s literature and at the same time, the possibility of 『Sanshiro』.

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