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En vacker död: Manlighet i fyra japanska samurajfilmer
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
A beautiful death : Manliness in four Japanese samurai films (English)
Abstract [en]


A beautiful death – Manliness in four Japanese samurai movies

This thesis deals with the samurai and his portrayal in Japanese historic movies and what kind of messages he conveys in form of masculinity to theater audiences. Four movies were chosen, two from the 1960s and two from the 2010s. The reasoning behind this was to look at two eras of samurai movies and if possible try to see differences between them. The history of the samurai, being a man and woman in modern Japan, R.W Connell and famous Japanese authors from different time eras acted as tools to try to answer the questions in hand. The tragic hero is still a dominant figure in Japanese storytelling and duty and loyalty are his companions. In a Japanese society were the role of the man and woman have long been locked in definite roles, counter culture start to become a factor in form of for example the “herbivore man”, but the man in the samurai movie, no matter from what decade still stand with his feet firmly set in the past.      

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2013. , 34 p.
Keyword [sv]
Japan, Samurajer, Manlighet, Hegemonisk maskulinitet, Film
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-29949OAI: diva2:658895
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Ändrade den engelska undertiteln från "Manliness in four Japanese samurai movies" till "Manliness in four Japanese samurai films"

Available from: 2014-03-03 Created: 2013-10-23 Last updated: 2014-03-03Bibliographically approved

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