Ryūnosuke Akutagawa | Critical Essay by Beongcheon Yu

This literature criticism consists of approximately 36 pages of analysis & critique of Rynosuke Akutagawa.
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Critical Essay by Beongcheon Yu

SOURCE: “The Flight to Parnassus,” in Akutagawa: An Introduction, Wayne State University Press, 1972, pp. 15–42.

In the following essay, Yu examines major themes in Akutagawa's short stories, focusing on “The Nose” as the starting point of his fiction career.

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Of Akutagawa's early writings, only a handful—translations of France and Yeats,1 and pieces like “The Old Man” (written in 1914) and “Youths and Death” (1914)—appeared in the third New Thought. None of these writings attracted critical attention; nor did his more ambitious “Rashomon” (1915), which he managed to place in another little magazine. Even “The Nose” might have suffered the same fate but for Soseki's personal blessings. Upon reading this story in the first issue of...

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