The Love Suicides at Sonezaki | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Donald Keene

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of The Love Suicides at Sonezaki.
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Critical Essay by Donald Keene

SOURCE: “The Love Suicides at Sonezaki,” in Masterworks of Asian Literature in Comparative Perspective: A Guide for Teaching, edited by Barbara Stoler Miller, East Gate, 1994, pp. 517-25.

In this essay, Keene offers a background to Chikamatsu's creation of the puppet play The Love Suicides at Sonezaki. Keene suggests that the tragedy was innovative in its use of commoners as tragic figures, comparing the play to Western dramas including George Lillo's The London Merchant.

In the 1880s, when the Japanese first began to examine their own literary heritage in light of their newly acquired knowledge of Western literature, the fame of Shakespeare in England, Goethe in Germany, and Racine in France induced them to search their own dramatic literature for a Japanese equivalent. The Japanese possessed a rich tradition of theater: the Noh drama, perfected in...

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