Reading Gaps in the History of Modern Japanese Literature: Gender and Class Politics in the Proletarian Movement

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  • 空白の「文学史」を読む
  • 空白の「文学史」を読む : プロレタリア運動にみる性と階級のポリティクス
  • クウハク ノ 「 ブンガクシ 」 オ ヨム : プロレタリア ウンドウ ニ ミル セイ ト カイキュウ ノ ポリティクス
  • ――プロレタリア運動にみる性と階級のポリティクス――

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<p>In this paper, I take issue with the interpretational framework that structures the “history of modern Japanese literature.” Specifically, I focus on the action and writings of women involved in the class struggle, centering my research on the journal Nyonin Geijutsu (Women's Arts). In the 1920s and 1930s, women fighting for a political ideal were often relegated to the role of “housekeepers” for male activists, causing them to fall into a gap in the interpretative framework for discourse on the proletarian movement, which accepted clearly defined gender roles even as it privileged the working class and the avant-garde. As a result, these women's writings were overlooked both by contemporary literary critics and by literary historians. In this paper, I assert that reading these women's novels now means not only listening to their forgotten voices, but also posing a challenge to the framework of modern Japanese literary history itself.</p>


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