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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2014;1(1): 35-51.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2014.1.1.35
Hyosun KIM
Correspondence  Hyosun KIM ,Email: uzzanzi@yahoo.co.kr
Published online: 30 June 2014.
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In this paper, I examine the character of primary Japanese media and literatures of the colonial period of Korea and analyze Akutagawa’s published articles. The Government-General of Korea published THE KEIJONIPPO, the purpose of which was propagandization of the colonization policy of the Empire of Japan to both Japanese society in Korea and Korean society. As a result, the published literature comprising related articles was thoroughly written by the foremost writers from the Japanese mainland. In such a context, Akutagawa’s articles were published although they were insignificant during his lifetime. But after Akutagawa’s suicide, they were introduced to Koreans and Japanese in Korea through THE KEIJONIPPO. Akutagawa’s literary works enjoyed renaissance and imitation suicides were committed in Korea where neurasthenia was recognized as a metaphor for modernity and civilized intelligence. This phenomenon affected Korean modernist writers who grew up with Akutagawa literature. For example, Park-Taewon and Lee-sang used neurasthenia as a metaphor for the helplessness and anxious spirit of the intelligentsia in the colonial period or as a metaphor for the despair and hopelessness of modern civilization. Thus, we confirm the diffusion of Akutagawa’s literature within Korean society and literature through the official organ of the Government- General of Korea, THE KEIJONIPPO and the expanse of its influence.
Keywords: THE KEIJONIPPO, Akutagawa-Ryunosuke, neurasthenia, Lee-Sang, Park-Taewon

キ―ワ―ド: 京城日報, 芥川龍之介, 神経衰弱, 李箱, 朴泰遠
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