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Nakagami, Japan: Buraku and the Writing of Ethnicity

Anne McKnight


How do you write yourself into a literature that doesn’t know you exist? This was the conundrum confronted by Nakagami Kenji (1946–1992), who counted himself among the buraku-min, Japan’s largest minority. His answer brought the histories and rhetorical traditions of buraku writing into the high culture of Japanese literature for the first time and helped establish him as the most canonical writer born in postwar Japan. This book shows how the writer’s exploration of buraku led to a unique blend of fiction and ethnography—which amounted to nothing less than a reimagining of modern Japanese lit ... More

Keywords: Nakagami Kenji, buraku-min, buraku writing, postwar Japan, modern Japanese literature, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816672851
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816672851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne McKnight, author
Assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture and the Department of Comparative Literature at University of Southern California