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Akutagawa Ryunosuke : three themes Iles, Timothy J.F.


The aim of this study is to examine the workings of three themes within the fiction of Akutagawa Ryunosuke(1892-1927), to explore how these themes interrelate to forma portrait of their author's alienation from the world and from himself. These are: nature's hostility to the artist and his efforts to combat that; woman and her association with nature, disease, and death; and the Double as a mockery of the authored self by the authoring self. Each theme is discussed in a separate chapter; a concluding chapter explores the way in which the three themes merge in one specific short story, "Haguruma" (1927; tr. Cogwheel, 1965).

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