Behind the bamboo screen: Rene vivien and the rituals of self-destruction Academic Article uri icon


  • 2019 Southern Illinois University. All rights reserved. The Anglo-French writer Rene Vivien (Pauline Tarn, 1877-1909) is best remembered for her poetry and her use of classical (Hellenic) culture for inspiration, but there are also many traces of Asian influence in her work. This article uses the genre of the miniature sculpture netsukand one short story in particular to illustrate this. "Le suicide officiel de Matsoudara Oki no Kami," published under the pseudonym Paule Riversdale, foregrounds the role of screens in hiding unpleasantness just as Pauline Tarn deploys narrative screens in a similar way to keep her personal identity and her authorial personae separate.

published proceedings

  • French Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Hawthorne, M.

publication date

  • January 2019