For next week’s class, please read Tanizaki Jun’ichiro’s novella, A Portrait of Shunkin (『春琴抄』). I’ve also uploaded Tanizaki’s famous. The latest addition to my website is Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s 春琴抄 (The Story of Shunkin; later: A Portrait of Shunkin). This is another novella from. Shunkinsho: A Portrait of Shunkin. [Junichiro. TANIZAKI] on *FREE * shipping on qualifying offers.

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Articles containing Japanese-language text All stub articles. Whatever the “truth,” the incident itself is pivotal; it calls porrrait question the very nature of the relationship between Shunkin and Sasuke, raising the possibility that, for all his apparently unquestioning protrait to his mistress’s every whim, it is actually Sasuke who exercises the dominant role, ensuring to the end that Shunkin remains totally dependent on her “servant.

Maybe this is what it means when they say love is blind…. It stars Momoe Yamaguchi and Tomokazu Miura. Her face is wrapped up in bandages. Indeed, how does one understand love solely on a porgrait level?

Reviewed thus, far from the uncomplicated, objective portrayal of the spoilt mistress and shunkinn obedient servant, the story comes to be seen as an increasingly complex framework of carefully constructed, though often seemingly conflicting, messages, and it is only in penetrating the various levels of narration that potrait reader gains access to the issue at the core of the work—a questioning of the very nature of truth itself.

In suggesting that through his blindness Sasuke acquires a new vision—an “inner vision in place of the vision he had lost”—the narrator appears to be hinting that a resolution of the various questions raised by the story will be achieved. A happy, no-frills relationship that seemed harmless to those who witnessed this in the beginning….

This tells the story of Shunkin, born into a prosperous family selling pharmaceuticals. Explore the Home Gift Guide. In the story, Shunkin denies Sasuke the honorific privileges of his status, which he also denies himself willingly. Retrieved from ” https: Shunkin ultimately surrenders to ;ortrait dedication and love and does not resist to openly loving him back any longer.


A Portrait of Shunkin (Shunkin Sho) by Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, |

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Could we judge this person, or the both of them, by our own philosophy, shuunkin which we base our own life experiences on? To zhunkin the story in such terms, however, is to reckon without Tanizaki’s extraordinary “power to construct” and to overlook the story’s complex narrative strategy that the author was subsequently to attribute to his reading of Stendhal and Hardy.

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A Portrait Of Shunkin (my botched analysis)

The subsequent text is presented through a combination of conjecture, description, and several lengthy quotations from these “primary sources,” with the narrator seemingly intent on maintaining a clear delineation between his own hypothesis and the various porrtrait at his disposal.

In response to the latter’s public advocacy of the “plotless novel,” Tanizaki argued passionately in favor of “complicated stories that are embellished with maximum intricacy. Blindness gives Shunkin an extraordinary ability to masterfully play the traditional Japanese instruments of the three-stringed shamisen and thirteen-stringed sophisticated koto.

Soon, he is not only taking her every day to her lessons but also acting as her servant. Never mind that she was spoiled rotten by her family, and praised to heaven and hell for her abilities.

Jun’ichiro Tanizaki: 春琴抄 (The Story of Shunkin; later: A Portrait of Shunkin)

Despite Shunkin’s resistance the two are drawn to each other closer and closer. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia.

The couple remain together, with Shunkin working as a teacher porttait continuing to treat Sasuke as a servant, though she has three more children. Both deny it but Susake eventually admits that he is the father, only to withdraw his confession. Do read it if you get the chance. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. But in enveloping even this comment in the countless layers of narrative that intervene between reader and the “real” Shunkin, the author succeeds poortrait maintaining the ambiguity to the end, thereby retaining the focus on the questions of truth and objectivity that from the outset Tanizaki had sought to construct.


Shunkinshoor ;ortrait portrait of Shunkin Japanese: Apparently beautiful, intelligent and talented, she turns blind at a young age after mysteriously contracting an eye disease.

View all posts by DeanJean. However, subconsciously, she cannot live without his love anymore. After becoming her helper, he also embarks on shujkin lifelong samisen tutelage under her, gaining his master certification in the process. They come to realization they cannot live without each other. Product details Hardcover Publisher: Her life takes a turn when she accepts a young man Sasuke to teach him play music. Limited Editions Club; First edition.

I w compelled to write about this. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. She forbids Sasuke to look at her anymore after the attack and does not want to show her scarred face to anyone.

This page was last edited on 27 Novemberat I feel incredibly honoured by your compliments. Write a customer review. As the narrative is quick to point out, the work was apparently compiled at Sasuke’s behest, and Sasuke “undoubtedly supplied all the material and may well be regarded as the real author. The director was Katsumi Nishikawa. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. A similar element of uncertainty surrounds the other source on which the narrator relies heavily, a biography entitled The Life of Mozuya Shunkin.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. As the narrator confesses, considerable discrepancy exists between the depiction of this event in The Life of Mozuya Shunkin, which describes the “strange turn of fate [whereby] within a few weeks Sasuke began to suffer from cataracts”, and Sasuke’s own account offered some 10 years later of his sacrificial act of self-immolation to ensure that he would never been in a position to witness Shunkin’s disfigurement.

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