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The Aesthetics of "Shinju"：A Study from the Works of Chikamatsu Monzaemon
Shinju;Double suicide;Chikamatsu monzaemon;Sonezaki shinju;Shinju tennoamizima;Aesthetics of death
|Issue Date:||2008-12-08 11:29:29 (UTC+8)|
During the Edo period, in Japan, there was a sudden vogue for so-called shinju (double suicide) between merchants and prostitutes. The shinju stories flourished for over forty years, especially after Chikamatsu Monzaemon adapted the shinju stories for the kabuki and joururi stage. This literature also has an enormous impact on Japanese philosophy of life and death. Why did the phenomenon of Shinju appear? Why was it so popular that the Japanese were enchanted by it? This paper will discuss this particular phenomenon by analyzing the two representative works by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Sonezaki Shinju and Shinju Tennoamizima. It is hoped that through this study, readers may come to a better understanding of Japanese philosophy of life and death as well as the aesthetics of death contained in Japanese culture.
|Relation:||國立政治大學學報, 81, 1-30|
|Appears in Collections:||[Department of Japanese] Periodical Articles|
[Issue 81] Journal Articles
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