Notes on Vitas Sexualis, Ogai

Notes on Vitas Sexualis, Ogai - Julianna Ritter 4/8/2011...

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Unformatted text preview: Julianna Ritter 4/8/2011 Vitas Sexualis I am interested in looking at / discussing the theme of laughter in the selections of Ogais Vita Sexualis . Because the text is written retrospectively and in a meticulous fashion, each detail Kanai chooses to include is important in understanding in what he considers his own sexual development. The most intriguing and reoccurring theme I found was the essence of laughter on the brink of his sexual discovery. In his chapter When I was 6 the laughter does not come from Kanai. Instead, he becomes the object of amusement for the two women looking at an erotic picture book. When he asks what the picture book is, the girl laid the book face down and looked at the window and laughed (35). Kanais question remains unanswered and this heightens his initial feeling that the two womens behavior is unusual. Laughter, in this case, is not joyous between all members of the party but rather drips with ridicule and mockery. It acts as a tool of hierarchy where Kanai is the party but rather drips with ridicule and mockery....
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2011 for the course COMP LIT 201 taught by Professor Parker during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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