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|Other Titles:||Love and Death in Japanese and Chinese Literature— On Works with the Theme of Suicide because of Frustrated Love|
The Peacocks Flying Southeast;Sone Zaki Sin Juu;love and death
|Issue Date:||2016-09-10 14:16:45 (UTC+8)|
Love and death, the most important lessons in our life, are eternal themes in world literature. Many Chinese classics in different times describe love and death, so do Japanese literary works. However, in comparison with Japanese literature, although the theme of love and death can be found in Chinese Literature, and although these works also have elaborate descriptions about love, death, and sadness over separation, few Chinese works deal with the couple’s double suicide, nor do they offer the scenes about death and after death. As a contrast, Japanese literature tends to connect love and death. Numerous works delineate suicides because of frustrated love; they have a tremendous longing, and even develop a kind of death aesthetics, which is drastically different from the concept of death in Chinese literature. How exactly do Chinese view love and death? How do Japanese interpret love and death? This paper intends to discuss love and death in the works about suicide for frustrated love in both Chinese and Japanese literatures to examine the difference between Chinese and Japanese recognition of love and death. Furthermore, from the comparative point of view, this paper also investigates the difference between Chinese and Japanese concepts of love and death and explores the causes of such differences. It is hoped that this paper may clarify Chinese and Japanese concepts of love and death and explicate the different concepts of death and love between the two countries. It is also hoped that this research may benefit the comparative research on Chinese and Japanese culture and thinking.
|Relation:||外國語文研究, 13, 131-142|
Foreign language studies
|Appears in Collections:||[Foreign language studies] Journal Articles|
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