IJLLL 2020 Vol.6(3): 142-147 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2020.6.3.266

Cross-Media, Intercultural and Interdisciplinary: The Intertextual Narration of Multiple Personality in Kara no Kyōkai

Yue Zhang
Abstract—As a famous Japanese film series adapted a from light novel, Kara no Kyōkai: the Garden of Sinners shows an image of Shiki Ryōgi with multiple personality. Multiple personality in narrative works is still a controversial topic, but as one of the most famous works of Type-Moon, the film series does not just focus on and depict the mental state. Instead, with the direct connection to “the origin”, Shiki’s personalities establish the intertextuality inner and outside the film. It also hybridizes icons in western and eastern culture contexts, such as collective unconsciousness, anima and animus, and Tai Chi. Moreover, this film series presents both the typical Otaku elements and the cultural landscape in the 1990s. This paper attempts to explore how Kara no Kyōkai applies multiple personality to build intertextuality and cultural comparability.

Index Terms—Shiki Ryōgi, Kara no Kyōkai, multiple personality, intertextuality.

Yue Zhang is with the School of Arts, Peking University, Beijing, 100871 China (e-mail: zhangyue6311@163.com).

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Cite:Yue Zhang, "Cross-Media, Intercultural and Interdisciplinary: The Intertextual Narration of Multiple Personality in Kara no Kyōkai," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 142-147, 2020.

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