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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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Nakagami, Japan

Anne McKnight

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter illustrates how Nakagami derived wisdom and ideas from both buraku and African American literary works and then rewrote it into a modernist first-person narrative. It contains close readings pertaining to the text On the Japanese Language, which exhibits specific reference about Japan’s Alignment in the Vietnam War. According to Nakagami, the allusions that connect On the Japanese Language to other works indicate that identities forged, in accordance with foreign minoritarian writers, serve as models for text-world relations unavailable in Japan. The chapter shows that Nakagami’s use of allusion in exploring written and oral registers is not similar to the 1968 conversations about African American literature. It also draws on the Buraku writing on Afro-Asian solidarity in examining the allusions present in the textual language of On the Japanese Language.

Keywords:   Kenji Nakagami, Buraku literature, African American literature, On the Japanese Language, first-person narrative, allusion, Afro-Asian solidarity

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