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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2020;10(1): 145-159.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2020.10.1.145
On Syusyugin and Renjyo :The Connection between Matsumoto Seicho’s View of Life and Yomeigaku
Yajie CAO
PhD student, Kyushu University Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Global Society
「啾々吟」と「恋情」試論 ―― 松本清張の人生観と陽明学の関連から
Correspondence  Yajie CAO ,Email: sooyaketsu@163.com
Published online: 30 June 2020.
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Rather than treating Matsumoto Seicho’s short novels Syusyugin and Renjyo as discrete works, this paper seeks to identify the internal connections between the them. The purpose of this paper is to reconsider the author’s view of life, which is the root of Syusyugin and Renjyo. The title of Syusyugin is derived from the Chinese philosopher Wang Yangming’s poem of the same name. It is presumed that Matsumoto Seicho was in some way an adherent of the Neo-Confucian Yomeigaku school, and the re-reading of Syusyugin and Renjyo in terms of their connection with Yomeigaku is the approach of this paper. Seicho presented his view of life, which had much in common with that of Wang Yangming, in Syusyugin. Kamon had a tragic end because he acted in a way that was contrary to the implication of the poem Syusyugin. The need to conceal the inside of “Yo”, and to adopt a position from which to survey Kamon’s life, call for a first-person narration by “Yo”. As a result, “Yo”’s success is not because he embodies the essence of the poem Syusyugin. Seicho conveys his view of life in Renjyo from the front, a feat which he could not achieve through the depiction of Kamon’s life. “Myself” abandons his greed, “obeys intent”, and adopts a “waiting” posture. And so, he feels peace for the rest of his life.
Keywords: Syusyugin, Renjyo, Yomeigaku, View of Life, Fate

キ―ワ―ド: 「啾々吟」, 「恋情」, 陽明学, 人生観, 宿命
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