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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2017;4(1): 71-87.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2017.4.1.71
Rethinking Nihon Dasshutsu Written by Masamune Hakucho: Kojiki as a Pre-text
Sachiko YAMAMOTO
名古屋大孝大孝院文孝W究科博士後期課程在籍
Correspondence  Sachiko YAMAMOTO ,Email: Yamagen-s1111@hotmail.co.jp
  Published online: 30 June 2017.
ABSTRACT
Nihon Dasshuisu (1949-1953) written by Hakucho Masamune is an unfinished novel. At the time of publication, the novel attracted a great deal of editorial expectations and attention. Although the novel might have been influenced by the Western literature, we believe that this work is based on Kojiki. In order to understand how and why he wove Kojiki into Nihon Dasshuisu, we firstly focused on the spatial relationship between Nihon Dasshuisu and Kojiki described as a pre-text. Secondary, we also discuss the significance of the early post-war period when this novel was published.
Nihon Dasshuisu represents Japanese Society under occupation before and after World War II. In this novel, characters appear in pairs from different generations of men and women in a spirit world and a real world parallel to each other. Kusakari and Midori lose their individuality while traveling around in the spirit world since the authorities there render them identical to others. Other characters, Chikuma and Kishinobe, encounter the new world in a basement in the real world after the war. Nihon Dasshuisu is one of the most important novels in understanding the politics and social circumstances of the time and the spirit of postwar Japan.
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