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Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature$
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Tomoko Aoyama

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832858

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832858.001.0001

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Why Read Food in Modern Japanese Literature?

(p.1) Introduction
Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature

Tomoko Aoyama

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to address the following questions: When food appears in literature, what can we read in it? And how much can we, and should we, read into it? How has that food in the text been read by various readers over time? What factors affect our reading? Why, indeed, should we bother to pay attention to food in literature? It attempts to do so by examining wide-ranging examples taken from Japanese literary texts written since the beginning of the twentieth century. The remainder of the chapter discusses novels such as Tanizaki Jun'ichirō's Tade kuu mushi (1929, trans. Some Prefer Nettles, 1955) and Tsubouchi Shōyō's Shōsetsu shinzui (The Essence of the Novel, 1885). An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Japanese literature, food, Tanizaki Jun'ichirō, Tade kuu mushi, Some Prefer Nettles, Tsubouchi Shōyō, Shōsetsu shinzui, The Essence of the Novel

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