Departmental Bulletin Paper 「老いと死をめぐる想像力」序章(I)
"The power of imagination regarding old age and death" preface (I)

佐々木, 陽子  ,  ササキ, ヨウコ  ,  Sasaki, Yoko

35 ( 3 )  , pp.17 - 28 , 2016-12-01 , 鹿児島国際大学福祉社会学部
This document will serve as the first half of the preface to "Discussion," a collection of my work that addresses the theme of "the power of imagination regarding old age and death." This piece will focus on the power possessed by writers—through outstanding imagination, insight, and expression—to introduce the issues of old age and death to the public and allude to the "cross-disciplinary nature" of literature. Primarily centered on the Old Testament's Book of Job and M. Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (Die protestantische Ethik und der 'Geist' desKapitalismus), I present four questions with which the works in "Discussion" engage with. The first question is "Why usefolkloristic materials?" This question occupies the primary position because it is directly related to the structure of thesubsequent studies. The other questions include the following: "What is the potential for bridge-building between theliterary and sociological power of imagination?" "What does it mean to focus on the relation between the living and thedead?" and "What is specifically considered from the perspective of gender?" However, this document will only concern itself with the first question, which is regarding the study of folklore.

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