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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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From Poetry to Fiction: 1900–1904

From Poetry to Fiction: 1900–1904

(p.219) 7 From Poetry to Fiction: 1900–1904
The Kiso Road

William E. Naff

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Shimazaki Tōson's turn from from poetry to fiction during the period 1900–1904. It begins by providing an overview of Tōson's life in Komoro and goes on to discuss his poems written based on the discipline “practice in seeing” (mono o miru keiko), including “Clouds.” It then considers Tōson's Chikuma River Sketchbooks (Chikumagawa no suketchi, 1911–1912), along with the personal and cultural settings of of his writing style. It also examines Tōson's novellas “Kyūshujin” (Former Master) and Ganseki no aida (Among the Boulders, 1912), the Tōson Anthology, and “Tsugaru kaikyō” (The Straits of Tsugaru). The chapter concludes by looking at Tōson's friendship with Kōzu Takeshi.

Keywords:   fiction, Shimazaki Tōson, poetry, Komoro, practice in seeing, Chikuma River Sketchbooks, novellas, Ganseki no aida, Tōson Anthology, Kōzu Takeshi

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