First Paper: Reckonings that Carry Men Through the World
4 pages .
Pick one of the following concentrations for your first paper. Whichever you pick, your reading should address SPECIFIC material across the stories in Reckonings that Carry Men Through the World.
– How have Saikaku’s interests or perspective shifted since Life of an Amorous Woman? Since The Eternal Storehouse of Japan? Have his views on Japanese civic society changed?
– Discuss the function of humor (in its many guises ) against the backdrop of Saikaku’s “realist” depictions of impoverishment, trade relations, and enterprise?
-Discuss the role of tradition, legacy, and ritual in these stories?