Kannani and Document of Flames contains two novellas written in the mids by Yuasa Katsuei, a Japanese author, about the Japanese experience of. KANNANI AND DOCUMENT OF FLAMES: Two Japanese Colonial Novels, by Katsuei Yuasa, translated and with an introduction and critical. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Ted Goossen and others published Kannani and Document of Flames: Two Japanese Colonial Novels.

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What could have been from what was seen

Postcoloniality in Reverse He is a coeditor of Prosthetic Territories: The two novels by Yuasa translated here, Kannani and Document of Flames Homura no kiroku ;provide vivid pictures of the daily life of ordinary people in a colonial setting. Together with his translations of the two novels, Mark Driscoll provides a substantial introduction to Yuasa’s background, his literary career, and the position of the two works in Yuasa’s oeuvre.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part kahnani the academic and scholarly community it serves. Let us mull this representative excerpt: Both of these novellas are censored, “Document” most heavily, and mostly for political content.

This volume makes available for the first time in English two of the most important novels of Japanese colonialism: Follow us on Instagram. In the course of the She moves from a poverty-stricken lifestyle, where she is indistinguishable from the poor Koreans among whom she lives, to being a member of the exploiting colonial class. The link Yuasa has established between oppressive males and the oppressive Japanese is clear. A few passages are bowdlerized into opacity, specifics and occurrences disappearing beneath a sandstorm of ellipses.


Page numbers if excerpting, provide specifics For coursepacks, please also note: Sign up for Subject Matters email updates to receive discounts, new book announcements, and more. Translated and with an introduction by Mark Driscoll. The notion of such a movement derives from the Euro-American model; however, Driscoll holds, it was reversed in the case of Japan’s colonization of East Asia.

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Much of “Kannani” is written with a grinding, Highlights-magazine quality, docmuent creepy, affected childishness that makes the story’s occasional violent incidents uglier, like a “Love is Following the translations, a conclusion treats the larger issue of what Driscoll calls “postcoloniality in reverse.

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View additional images and download publicity materials. Yuasa’s novels are a reminder that, as bad as things ultimately turned out, there was a moment when it seemed things might have been different. Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. The number of copies requested, the school and professor requesting For reprints and subsidiary rights, please also note: Bourdaghs, author of, The Dawn that Never Comes: Book titles OR Journal titles. Duke University Press,pp. He considered Korea his furusatovisiting frequently, [End Page ] and even moving back with his family in ; only when the Pacific War ended in did he return to Japan.

Translator Mark Driscoll’s introduction provides valuable context for the novellas, which were previously unavailable in English, and he concludes the book with a lengthy, wide-ranging essay that uses the novellas as the starting point for a lively, cogent examination of historical revisionism and Japan’s legacy of empire, drawing from such diverse sources as school textbooks, manga, and the remarks of Ben Affleck at the Tokyo premier of the film “Pearl Harbor.


I truly believe this. If book has an editor that is different from the article author, include editor’s name also. In spite of its similarities to “Kannani” including some duplicate metaphors, “Document” focuses on gender roles and the working world, whereas “Kannani” never gets beyond the exotic differences in Korean candy and the way children dress. Yet as this year’s. Driscoll’s concluding essay is the book’s highlight, with the result that Kannani and Document of Flames is best regarded not as pair of novellas with supporting essays but as a commendable disquisition on postcolonialism, bolstered by the inclusion of newly translated source material.

The novella begins in Japan, where beautiful Kakashama is married to a monster, a “traditional” Japanese man who humiliates and nearly murders her for failure to conceive a son.

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The odd rightwing extremist excepted, it is difficult to find anyone these days who has a good word for colonialism, much less imperialism. Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer. As founders and directors Koji Chikatani and Richard Nathan explained in a recent One might ask, however, how it differs from colonial assimilation in the case of Korea of the ss.

Attempting to come to terms with this, Ryuji writes: