Discussing “Fantasy” with “Religion” : A Study of Religious Discourse in Genso-Bungaku

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  • 〈宗教〉で〈幻想〉を語る : 雑誌『幻想文学』研究序説
  • 〈 シュウキョウ 〉 デ 〈 ゲンソウ 〉 オ カタル : ザッシ 『 ゲンソウ ブンガク 』 ケンキュウ ジョセツ

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to study the relationship between literature and religion in Japan from the 1980s to the 2000s. That era was a time when the concept of religion and the concept of literature were being relativized. This paper analyzes the relationship in Genso-Bungaku a book review and research magazine. There has been no research on Genso-Bungaku so far, so this paper will also initiate research on this magazine. Through its analysis, three things became clear in this paper. Firstly, the writers who contributed to the magazine used religious codes as hints for making creations. They were using myths and animisms as unrealistic stories. In the same period, religions were spreading in Japanese society, and it seems that the writers were influenced by this. Secondly, the critics used religious codes as a theory for criticism. The magazine emphasized book reviews, frequently introducing religious books. Critics would present knowledge from religious studies in book reviews and articles. It seems that background lead to the epidemic of occultism since the 1970s. Finally, a number of religious scholars were involved in the magazine. Although they utilized their knowledge of religious studies to comprehend fantasy literature, as the religious concepts became relative, that attempt failed to thrive. The magazine stopped being published at the same time as this trend.

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  • JunCture : 超域的日本文化研究

    JunCture : 超域的日本文化研究 9 118-130, 2018-03-23

    Japanese-in-Asia Cultural Research Center, Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya University

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