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Teshigahara's Rikyū As Historical Critique: Representations, Identities And Relations

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This chapter deals about tea film which proceeds in two steps; (i) identifies the various genres configured by Teshigahara's film, (ii) reminds the reader that these genres reinforce this modernist film's presentation of one patriarch as the authentic source of tea values and practices. More than lifting veil of neutrality from the authority of tea pedagogy, the tendency of communities to assert their status as inevitable and unchanging facts of social life is examined. Films dealing with representative icons who embody key national traits provide viewers with the opportunity to consider their relationship to 'tradition'. Teshigahara presents certain incidents from life of Sen no Rikyū as being implicated in nationalist discourses of tradition and other processes that reduce Japanese culture to rules and products. The chapter discusses how the values communicated by the film support the construction of a certain range of viewing identities for its audiences.

Keywords: Japanese culture; Sen no Rikyū; tea film; Teshigahara's film



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