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A Beggar's ArtScripting Modernity in Japanese Drama, 1900-1930$
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M. Cody Poulton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833411

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833411.001.0001

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Suzuki Senzaburō

Suzuki Senzaburō

The Valley Deep

(p.99) Suzuki Senzaburō
A Beggar's Art

M. Cody Poulton

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter features The Valley Deep, an example of one of Suzuki Senzaburō's modern plays—that is, dramas set in the Taishō era. It is a tightly constructed exposition of the desperate action a woman, Toshiyo, takes when she realizes that her husband is having an affair. She has accompanied her husband, a professor at a university in Tokyo, and brother-in-law to a hot spring in the mountains, where her husband's lover is also staying. The scene the playwright sets up is almost novelistic in its conjuring of a particularly ominous atmosphere. All the action in this brief drama occurs in one room and on the adjoining veranda, and the play of light and shadow underscores the shifting emotions boiling beneath the surface of the protagonist.

Keywords:   The Valley Deep, Suzuki Senzaburō, adultery, modern plays, atmosphere

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