Umihe"/> Narrative of "I" as a Method:Expression of Travel in Shimazaki Tōson’s Umihe
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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2018;6(1): 203-218.
Narrative of "I" as a Method:Expression of Travel in Shimazaki Tōson’s Umihe
Erina OKA
方法としての「私」語り ―― 島崎藤村
Correspondence  Erina OKA ,Email:
Published online: 30 June 2018.
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This paper will analyze the narrative of “I” in Shimazaki Tōson’s Umihe. After posing the problem in Section 1, Section 2 will analyze Chapter 5, which was written immediately after returning to Japan. The surprise of mistaking Japanese people with people in Asian colonies is written in that chapter. The following chapters will try to reveal how “I” has been mistaken. In Section 3, we analyzed Tōson’s self-citation in Chapter 1. By editing his work, Tōson has made a character, “I” who is traveling three years ago. In Section 4, we focused on the environment of the ship that “my eyes” reflect, and revealed the power relations based on race, gender, and class that the space dominates. In Section 5, we highlighted the problem through the narrative of “I”. Section 6 summarizes the discussion so far.
Keywords: Shimazaki Tōson, Umihe, Narrative about“ I ”, Politics in travel, Orientalism

キ―ワ―ド: 島崎藤村, 海へ, 「私」語り, 旅における政治性, オリエンタリズム
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