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The Youth of Things: Life and Death in the Age of Kajii Motojiro

Stephen Dodd


When Kajii Motojirō died from tuberculosis at the age of thirty-one, he had written only twenty short stories. Yet his life and work, it is argued here, sheds light on a significant moment in Japanese history and, ultimately, adds to our understanding of how modern Japanese identity developed. By the time Kajii began to write there was heated debate among his peers over “legitimate” forms of literary expression. There was a general sense that Japan needed to reinvent itself, but writers and artists were at odds over what form this reinvention should take. This book brings together English tran ... More

Keywords: tuberculosis, Kajii Motojirō, short stories, Japanese history, modern Japan, literary expression, health, mortality, modern literature, White Birch school

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838409
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838409.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Dodd, author
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London