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A Study on Imagery of Taiwan in the Literature of Mitsuru Nishikawa
|Publication Year :||2018|
Mitsuru Nishikawa, living in Taiwan under Japanese rule, regarded Taiwan as the “Beautiful Island”, which had become his writing object for his entire life. His works were filled with the folk cultures, religions, history, and folktales of Taiwan. Being nurtured by the French poet Rimbaud, he composed a large number of works about Taiwan with aesthetic description. Also being affected by Takamatsu Yoshie, there was the spirit of Provence Renaissance in the Literature of Mitsuru Nishikawa. To bring his literary concept into practice, he regarded Taiwan as the light source of the south, the headstream of creativity, and used Taiwan as his writing object.
The styles of his works were mostly commented “exotic”. Scholars in Taiwan and Japan study on Mitsuru Nishikawa often, and moreover, discover the position in the history of literature and viewpoint of Japanese in Taiwan. But unfortunately, it was rarely mentioned about the description of Taiwan in the works of Mitsuru Nishikawa. Therefore, I reveal the Taiwan under his “exotic” writing style, discovering how an aestheticist like Mitsuru Nishikawa describes the beauty of Taiwan, and what kind of imagery of Taiwan can be found in the beauty of Taiwan in his description.
I will analyze Princess ChuChu and The Secret of Madam Liu, text describing stories happening in Tamsui, investigate the culture and history of Tamsui appeared in the two works, and discover the imagery of Taiwan in Mitsuru Nishikawa’s mind. In addition, by analyzing the works describing courtesans in Twatutia and the writings about the folk religion of Mazu in Taiwan, I try to figure out the imagery of Taiwan of Mitsuru Nishikawa.
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