Kannani and Document of Flames contains two novellas written in the mids by Yuasa Katsuei, a Japanese author, about the Japanese experience of. KANNANI AND DOCUMENT OF FLAMES: Two Japanese Colonial Novels, by Katsuei Yuasa, translated and with an introduction and critical. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Ted Goossen and others published Kannani and Document of Flames: Two Japanese Colonial Novels.

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As founders and directors Koji Chikatani and Richard Nathan explained in a recent It’s a horrible incident, and the stupid way in which it’s written serves to compound the horror. One might ask, however, how it differs from colonial assimilation in the case of Korea of the ss.

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Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Ryuki and Kannani are star-crossed adolescent innocents.

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Sign up for Subject Matters email updates to receive discounts, new book announcements, and more. Sign-in or register now to continue. We learn from the essays bracketing these novellas that Katsuei, their author, eventually embraced the Japanese government’s line on Korean occupation unreservedly, which isn’t shocking.

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Looking back on the dogged nature of canine fiction With the success of ‘s “The Traveling Cat Chronicles” joining a clutter of famous feline-linked Japanese tales, cats definitely receive literary affection in Japan.

He’s Japanese, she’s Korean, and the whole fallen world conspires against their thoroughly chaste love. East Asians for the most part possess a shared ethnological and cultural history within the imperial Chinese regional sphere.

Please direct permission requests for these images to permissions dukeupress. Duke University Press, In both of the novels presented here, he is clearly critical of Off imperialism. Two Japanese Colonial Novels Author s: The novellas themselves, whatever the merits of the originals, read as if translated by an academic historian, and are better approached as historical documents than as works of literature.

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The notion of such a movement derives from the Euro-American model; however, Driscoll holds, it was reversed in the case of Japan’s colonization of East Asia. Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here.

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A few passages are bowdlerized into opacity, specifics and occurrences disappearing beneath a sandstorm of ellipses. Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site.

Kannani stands alone within Japanese literature in its graphic depictions of the racism and poverty endured by the colonized Koreans. The author labeling the perpetrators “bratty bullies,” for example, is a descriptive inadequacy so grotesque as to render the word inadequacy itself inadequate. Driscoll uses the term “postcoloniality” to refer to the state of having moved from monocultural, monolingual, ethnoracial homogeneity coloniality to a transcultural, transnational hybridity, in a linear historical movement.

Driscoll’s concluding essay is the book’s highlight, with the result that Kannani and Document of Flames is best regarded not as pair of novellas with supporting essays but as a commendable disquisition on postcolonialism, bolstered by the inclusion of newly translated source material. Your Friend’s First Name: Your volume title, publication date, publisher, print run, page count, rights sought. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

The contrast this time is between a woman and her husband who moves a concubine into their house and finally casts his wife off when she fails to bear him a son. This idealism, which he shares with Kannani, is contrasted with the brutal adult world in which they live.

Bourdaghs, author of, The Dawn that Never Comes: Driscoll’s essays are the volume’s chief virtue to a fflames reader. There’s even humor, as when a teacher charts, for her prized female pupil, the phases of male life: In spite of its similarities to “Kannani” including some duplicate metaphors, “Document” focuses on gender roles and the working world, whereas “Kannani” never gets beyond the exotic differences in Korean candy and the way children dress.


Tokiko eventually becomes a landowner and oppressor of the Koreans she lives amongst, a transformation suggesting that the struggle against oppression often ends up replicating the structure of domination. In a masterful concluding essay, Driscoll connects these novels to larger theoretical issues, demonstrating how a deep understanding of Japanese imperialism challenges prevailing accounts of postcolonialism. The novella’s nadir arrives when a pack of teenagers surround two elementary-school kids in the street, beat them badly, and rape one with a tree branch.

The odd rightwing extremist excepted, it is difficult to find anyone these days who has a good word for colonialism, much less imperialism. There is no question “Kannani” sucks and is unpleasant to read, but the extremity of its shortcomings, especially its over-reliance on two or three adjectives, raises the question: Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.

Yuasa knew Korea intimately, having grown up there from age six to seventeen, when he left for Tokyo for further schooling. Following the translations, a conclusion treats the larger issue of what Driscoll calls “postcoloniality in reverse. Yet as this year’s.

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Together with his translations of the two novels, Anf Driscoll provides a substantial introduction to Yuasa’s background, his literary career, and the position of the two works in Yuasa’s oeuvre. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

View additional images and download publicity materials. Document of Flames brings issues of class and gender into sharp focus.

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