Home | E-Submission | Sitemap | Contact Us |  
The Journal of Japanese Language Literature Studies > Volume 3(1); 2016 > Article
Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2016;3(1): 63-81.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2016.3.1.63
The Woman in the Dunes as Border Crossings:Abe Kobo, T.S. Eliot, and Paul Bowles
Kenji OBA
Correspondence  Kenji OBA ,Email: kenji.oba.kyushu.university@gmail.com
Published online: 30 June 2016.
Copyright ©2016 The Global Institute for Japanese Studies, Korea University
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
This paper is intended as an investigation of the relationships between Abe Kōbō (1924-1993), an avant-garde Japanese novelist, and American literature. This comparative study concentrates on the influences of Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965), an American-born poet, and Paul Bowles (1910-1999), an expatriate American existentialist novelist, on The Woman in the Dunes (1962) by Abe Kōbō. Little attention has been previously given to those influences. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) was translated by Nishiwaki Junzaburō (1894-1982) and Fukase Motohiro (1895-1966) and became popular in 1950s and 60s Japan. Kindai Bungaku (1960.8-9) published a symposium on The Waste Land, in which Ara Masahito (1913-1979) and others discussed Eliot's depiction of a waterless desert and sexual impotence under the influence of the legend of the Fisher King. Abe was influenced by Eliot and also depicted a sexually impotent protagonist in the desert. But in contrast to Eliot, Abe insisted on nomadism, which was an early sign of his future anarchism. Abe also wrote “disappearance” in the desert under the influence of The Sheltering Sky (1949) by Paul Bowles. The Woman in the Dunes and The Sheltering Sky commonly depicted “disappearance” and holes in desert.
Keywords: Abe Kōbō, The Woman in the Dunes, Thomas Stearns Eliot, Paul Bowles, anarchism

キ―ワ―ド: 安部公房, 砂の女, T・S・エリオット, ポール・ボウルズ, アナキズム
PDF Links  PDF Links
Full text via DOI  Full text via DOI
Download Citation  Download Citation
Related article
The publisher and Editorial office
Global Institute for Japanese Studies, Korea University
Chungsan MK Culture Center, Inchon-ro 108, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, 136-075, Korea
TEL: +82-2-3290-2592    FAX: +82-2-3290-2538   E-mail: bcrossing.edit@gmail.com
About |  Browse Articles |  Current Issue |  For Authors and Reviewers
Copyright © 2024 Global Institute for Japanese Studies, Korea University.                 Developed in M2PI
Close layer
prev next