Aguri by Tanizaki Jun�ichir�

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Aguri (1922) by Tanizaki Jun’ichirō - Hisotico-cultural background: Taisho Modernism: vibrant urban culture influenced by Western modernity flourished; new consumer culture began to dominate urban life; enjoyment of surplus cultural objects such as western clothes, café, and automobile etc.; in contrast with the generally and austere Meiji period, Taishō was period much more feminine in the sense that people began to look for their individual enjoyment of life, slightly decadent as depicted in Tanizaki’s main character, Okada’s pleasure seeking through association with a young lover; gender ambiguities that might suggest collective fear of a declining national masculinity. “Aguri” 1) A prototype figure of “femme fatale” as the heroine Femme Fatale (definition: a very attractive woman who destructs man’s fate by her charm and changes his fate; she tends to be very seductive and allures the man with her physical beauty and sensuality)
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