James T. Araki (essay date 1967)
SOURCE: Araki, James T. “A Critical Approach to the Ugetsu monogatari.” Monumenta Nipponica 22, nos. 1-2 (1967): 49-64.
[In the following essay, Araki offers an overview of criticism of Akinari's tales and an analysis of the structural techniques the author employed in Tales of Moonlight and Rain.]
1 A SURVEY OF CRITICAL APPROACHES
Ueda Akinari aspired to distinction as a poet and classical scholar. His reputation in Japanese literary history today, however, rests almost exclusively on his genius as a writer of short stories—particularly of the Ugetsu monogatari (Tales of the Misty Moon), a collection of nine short...
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