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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 Bleak Spring and a Harsh Summer: 1907–1913

A Bleak Spring and a Harsh Summer: 1907–1913

(p.294) 9 A Bleak Spring and a Harsh Summer: 1907–1913
The Kiso Road

William E. Naff

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines Shimazaki Tōson's works during the period 1907–1913. It first discusses Tōson's second novel called Springtime (Haru) and its reception before turning to his Japanese Naturalism. It then considers Tōson's family trials, particularly the irreconcilable differences in values that divided the Shimazaki family and the family of his wife Hata Fuyuko. It also looks at the reemergence of Tōson's chronic sexual confusions, his short stories and essays, his role as an advisor to the Jiyū Gekijō (Free Theater), and the death of Fuyuko. Finally, the chapter analyzes Tōson's novels The Family, Shokugo (After Dinner), and Bifū (Gentle Breeze), along with Takase Kaoru's return to Japan and the scandal that nearly ended Tōson's literary career.

Keywords:   novels, Shimazaki Tōson, Springtime, Japanese Naturalism, Shimazaki family, Hata Fuyuko, Jiyū Gekijō, The Family, Bifū, Takase Kaoru

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