三島由紀夫『潮騒』と『恋の都』--〈純愛〉小説に映じる反(アンチ)ヘテロセクシズムと戦後日本 [in Japanese] Mishima Yukio's The sound of waves and The city love: representations of anti-heterosexism and postwar Japan in "pure-love" fiction [in Japanese]
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This article focuses on Mishima Yukio's two novels, The Sound of Waves (Shiosai, 1954) and The City of Love (Koi no Miyako, 1953-1954),both of which were written around the same time, and attempts to locate them as anti-pure-love fictions, that subvert romantic-love ideology. Furthermore, I reveal that their plots convey the situation of U.S. domination in postwar Japan even after the occupation had come to an end.The Sound of Waves, which is usually regarded as canonical "pure love" text, in fact parodies the genre by paradoxically highlighting the fictionality of "pure love" as well as the "law" of the Emperor in the postwar era, and by excessively indicating the heterosexual "pure-love." The City of Love also foregrounds the fictionality of the "happy ending" of "pure love" through the ironical depiction of a patriotic heroine who inevitably adjusts herself to the United States. Both works situate the shadow of U.S. domination as a destroyer of the sweet illusion of the romantic-love ideology and the "law" of the Emperor in postwar Japan. This article argues that Mishima Yukio turned a critical eye on the Empe\ror and Japan, both of which aligned with the United States after the World War II.
- Journal of gender studies
Journal of gender studies (12), 61-76, 2009-03