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Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, 1886-1965 -- Tade kuu mushi (Some Prefer Nettles, 1928-9) A. Puppets B. Topography 1-3 Osaka 4-8 Hanshin 9-12 Awaji-Kobe 13-14 Kyoto C. Clothing
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He had nothing against his wife. They simply did not excite each other. Everything else—their tastes, their ways of thinking —matched perfectly. To him she was not “female,” to her he was not “male”—it was the consciousness of being husband wife and yet not being husband and wife that caused the tension between them, and had they not been married they could probably have been excellent friends. SPN p. 53
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"From the standpoint of nature, men and women are closer to each other than either is to anything else--for instance, mountains, kangaroos, or coconut palms.” Gayle Rubin, “The Traffic in Women: Notes on the ‘Political Economy’ of Sex”
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For Kaname a woman had to be either a goddess or a plaything . Possibly the real reason for his failure with Misako was that she could be neither. Had she not been his wife, he might have been able to look on her as a plaything, and the fact that she was his wife made it impossible for him to find her interesting. SPN, 101
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The tradition of woman-worship in he West is a long one, and the Occidental sees in the woman he loves the figure of a Greek goddess, the image of the Virgin Mother. The attitude so pervades the customs and traditions of the West that it automatically finds expression in art and literature. Kaname had an intense feeling of loneliness and deprivation when he thought of the emotional life of the Japanese, so lacking in this particular feeling of worshipfulness…Kaname therefore preferred a Hollywood movie to a seventeenth-century Kabuki play. For all its vulgarity, Hollywood was forever dancing attendance on women and seeking out new ways to display their beauty.” SPN 37
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and less likable with the years. Surely, then, one does better to fall in love with the sort of woman one can cherish as a doll. Kaname had no illusions about his ability to imitate the old man; but still, when he thought of his own family affairs, of that perpetual knowing countenance, and of the endless disagreements, the old man’s life—off to Awaji appointed like a doll on the stage, accompanied by a doll, in search of an old doll to buy—seemed to suggest a profound spiritual peace reached without training and without effort. If only he could follow the old man’s example, Kaname thought. SPN 153
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ASIAN 302 taught by Professor Ito during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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