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On narcissism. Mishima Yukio. Translation

Aoyama, T and Hartley, B 2006 , 'On narcissism. Mishima Yukio. Translation', in R L Copeland (ed.), Woman Critiqued , University of Hawaii Press, Hawaii, pp. 83-87.

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A woman lingers before a mirror, putting the finishing touches to her
face. She then dresses and adds accessories and, voila, after a last careful look to
check the result, finally makes an appearance. We call this a woman's narcissism
and assume it to be her second nature. However, does the woman before the
mirror really see an image of her own face? Can we say that she actually views
her own true self? I can't really tell. It would seem, however, that nature is quite
concerned to ensure that women do not see their true faces. And while this vigilance
might surprise, we can only assume that nature has good reason to act in
this way.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Aoyama, T and Hartley, B
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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