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The Kiso RoadThe Life and Times of Shimazaki Toson$
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William E. Naff and J. Thomas Rimer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832186

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832186.001.0001

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A Shaky Start: 1892–1893

A Shaky Start: 1892–1893

(p.103) 3 A Shaky Start: 1892–1893
The Kiso Road

William E. Naff

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines Shimazaki Tōson's shaky start as a writer during the years 1892–1893. It begins by recounting Tōson's acceptance of a teaching position at the women's school Meiji Jogakkō and his decision to leave the institution as well as the Ichibanchō church. It then considers Tōson's wandering that began with a self-conscious retracing of the first part of the route of Bashō's Travels of a Weather-Bleached Skeleton. It also discusses changes at the group publishing Jogaku zasshi, as well as the difficult times experienced by Tōson's family. Finally, it looks at the publication of some of Tōson's works, including the closet drama Hikyoku: Biwa hōshi rokusetsu (The Biwa Priest, a Tragedy in Six Acts) and The Anguish of Shumon.

Keywords:   Shimazaki Tōson, Meiji Jogakkō, Ichibanchō church, Bashō, Jogaku zasshi, Hikyoku, The Anguish of Shumon

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