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Nakagami, JapanBuraku and the Writing of Ethnicity$
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Anne McKnight

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672851

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672851.001.0001

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Subculture and the South

Subculture and the South

(p.203) Chapter 6 Subculture and the South
Nakagami, Japan

Anne McKnight

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on subculture, beginning with a discussion of why it is being rejected by critics and writers of fine fiction. Meanwhile, the subculture critics assert its new domain by drawing on the unrecognized properties of prose fiction; these properties include the concept of monogatari and an image of fiction derived from the literary naturalism of the early twentieth century. Nakagami’s subculture acts as one way of introducing it to stories outside the limits of the common US-Japan relations narrative, instead shifting to Asian locales. The chapter also features two texts: Different Tribes (Izoku; 1984–92) and Eternal Return of a Southbound Ship (Minami kaiki-sen; 1989–90), as examples of works restored by OtsukaEiji and Azuma Hiroki, the same media critics who dismissed the significance of literary fiction.

Keywords:   subculture, prose fiction, monogatari, twentieth-century literature, Kenji Nakagami, OtsukaEiji, Azuma Hiroki

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