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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2022;14(1): 8-11.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2022.14.1.8
A Novel Landscape in the Wake of Pandemic :The Establishment of the International Akutagawa Ryunosuke Society (ISAS), and Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s Transformation
Satoru MIYASAKA
Former President of Ryunosuke Akutagawa Society ISAS, Emeritus of Ferris Women’s University
ある原風景――国際芥川龍之介学会ISAS設立、そして、芥川龍之介とパンデミック
宮坂覺
前国際芥川龍之介学会ISAS会長·フェリス女学院大 学名誉教授(元学長)。
Correspondence  Satoru MIYASAKA ,Email: miyasaka38@aol.com
Published online: 30 June 2022.
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ABSTRACT
Humanity has suffered the onslaught of several pandemics in the past, which have left many painful scars in human history. Likewise, the Covid pandemic has brought about various changes in the world. The ‘division’ of ‘meeting’ produces new results. The establishment of the International Akutagawa Ryunosuke Association (ISAS), and the changed perspective of Akutagawa Ryunosuke during a previous pandemic, are examples of this.
100 years ago, Akutagawa Ryunosuke suffered from Spanish Flu, and lost his family to the disease while his friends also became ill. In the midst of the pandemic that is sweeping the world today, we can gain a new perspective by focusing on the pandemic 100 years ago and by examining Akutagawa’s reaction to it. His view on his own life and on his family deepened after the experience of that pandemic.
Even from a distance we can sense the pain caused by the epidemic 100 years ago, in this way drawing closer to the hidden facts of that time. This reveals to us that, now that the end of the current pandemic is starting to look like a forlorn prospect, a novel landscape may also form before our eyes.
Keywords: Covid19, Pandemic, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Division

キ―ワ―ド: コロナ禍, パンデミック, 芥川龍之介, 分断
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