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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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Down-to-Earth Eating and Writing (1)

Down-to-Earth Eating and Writing (1)

(p.46) Chapter Two Down-to-Earth Eating and Writing (1)
Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature

Tomoko Aoyama

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on texts often categorized as peasant literature, Bildungsroman, children's literature, and proletarian literature. Despite the fact that they are all roughly contemporaneous, these writers and their texts are rarely discussed together. The broader category of down-to-earth literature allows a comparison of the diverse approaches and techniques these writers adopted, while the specific focus on food highlights the multiplicity of the seemingly simple and straightforward. The works examined include Nagatsuka Takashi's novel Tsuchi (serialized in the Asahi shinbun from June to December 1910, trans. The Soil, 1989), Miyamoto Yuriko's Mazushiki hitobito no mure (A Crowd of Poor Folks, 1917), Sata Ineko's short story “Kyarameru kōjō kara” (From the Caramel Factory, 1928), and Kobayashi Takiji's Kani kōsen (Crab Cannery Boat, 1929).

Keywords:   Japanese literature, peasant literature, children's literature, proletarian literature, Nagatsuka Takashim, Sata Ineko, Kobayashi Takiji, food, Miyamoto Yuriko

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