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Imperial family taboo and inconvenience of expression -From the viewpoint of Kenzaburou Oe’s 『Seventeen』duology & Shichirou Hukazawa’s 『Furyu mutan』

Shim SooKyung 1

1서일대학교

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ABSTRACT

Kenzaburou Oe published “Seventeen” and “Seijisyounen Sisu(Political boy dies)” based on the murder of the Asanuma Socialist Party chairman in 1960, but “Seijisyounen Sisu” was censored from printing for a long time due to a right-wing protest. A 17-year-old boy who was dissatisfied with the Shichirou Fukazawa's “Furyu mutan(The Tale of an Elegant Dream)” broke into the president's home at Chuokoron-sha, killed the housekeeper, and seriously injured his wife. As a result, “Furyu mutan" was also censored for a long time. For this reasons, these two works are sometimes referred to as lese majesty literary works, but in the 2010s, the two works were printed(“Furyu mutan” is an e-book in 2011, “Seijisyonen Sisu” is a paper book in 2018). This study compared Kenzaburo Oe’s “Seventeen” and “Seizisyonen Sisu” with Shichirou Fukazawa’s “Furyu mutan”, and discussed the incidents and fetter of expression related to both works, and the difference and meanings of the emperor’s discourse in both works. This study also analyzed the ambivalent feelings towards the Japanese emperor Postwar.

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