For Dignity, Justice, And Revolution: An Anthology Of Japanese Proletarian Literature

Paperback | January 14, 2016

EditorNorma Field, Heather Bowen-struyk

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Fiction created by and for the working class emerged worldwide in the early twentieth century as a response to rapid modernization, dramatic inequality, and imperial expansion. In Japan, literary youth, men and women, sought to turn their imaginations and craft to tackling the ensuing injustices, with results that captured both middle-class and worker-farmer readers. This anthology is a landmark introduction to Japanese proletarian literature from that period.

Contextualized by introductory essays, forty expertly translated stories touch on topics like perilous factories, predatory bosses, ethnic discrimination, and the myriad indignities of poverty. Together, they show how even intensely personal issues form a pattern of oppression. Fostering labor consciousness as part of an international leftist arts movement, these writers, lovers of literature, were also challenging the institution of modern literature itself. This anthology demonstrates the vitality of the “red decade” long buried in modern Japanese literary history.

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Fiction created by and for the working class emerged worldwide in the early twentieth century as a response to rapid modernization, dramatic inequality, and imperial expansion. In Japan, literary youth, men and women, sought to turn their imaginations and craft to tackling the ensuing injustices, with results that captured both middle-...

Heather Bowen-Struyk is the coeditor of Red Love Across the Pacific and the guest editor for Proletarian Arts in East Asia, a special edition of the journal positions. Norma Field retired in 2011 as the Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago. Her books include In the Realm o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:January 14, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Personal Is the Political
1 Comrade Taguchi’s Sorrow
Kobayashi Takiji
2 Red
Nakamoto Takako
3 The Mother
Wakasugi Toriko
4 A Statement of My Views in Response to Mr. Masamune Hakucho
Aono Suekichi
5 A Chronology of My Life
Kobayashi Takiji

Chapter 2. Labor and Literature
6 The Prostitute
Hayama Yoshiki
7 Apples
Hayashi Fusao
8 Prayer
Sata Ineko
9 Natural Growth and Purposeful Consciousness
Aono Suekichi
10 Going on a Field Trip?
Nakamoto Takako

Chapter 3. The Question of Realism
11 March 15, 1928
Kobayashi Takiji
12 The Linesmen
Kataoka Teppei
13 The Path to Proletarian Realism
Kurahara Korehito
14 On the Tendency of Proletarian Works to Become Formulaic
Hirabayashi Taiko
15 Covering Over the Essence
Sata Ineko

Chapter 4. Children
16 Hell
Kaji Wataru
17 Death of a Cricket
Murayama Kazuko
18 Elephant and Mouse
Murayama Kazuko
19 Tetsu’s Story; Or, a Rope around Whose Neck?
Nakano Shigeharu
20 The Question of “Reality” and “Unreality” in Children’s Stories
Makimoto Kusuro

Chapter 5. Art as a Weapon
21 Leafleting
Sata Ineko
22 Letter
Kobayashi Takiji
23 Shawl
Tokunaga Sunao
24 The Bulletin Board and the Wall Story
Yi Tong-gyu
25 A Farmer among Farmers
Hosono Kojiro
26 To Qiqihar
Kuroshima Denji
27 A Day at the Factory
Nagano Kayo
28 Our Own Literature Course (1): A Guide to Writing Literary Reportage
Yamada Seizaburo
29 On Wall Stories and “Short” Short Stories: A New Approach to Proletarian Literature
Kobayashi Takiji
30 A Guide to Fiction Writing: How to Write Stories
Kobayashi Takiji
31 The Achievements of the Creative Writing Movement: An Assessment of Works to Date
Tokunaga Sunao

Chapter 6. Anti-Imperialism and Internationalism
32 Another Battlefront
Matsuda Tokiko
33 Hell of the Starving
Chang Hyok-chu
34 On Antiwar Literature
Kuroshima Denji

Chapter 7. Repression, Recantation, and Socialist Realism
35 Midnight Sun
Murayama Tomoyoshi
36 The Breast
Miyamoto Yuriko
37 Negative Realism: One Direction for Proletarian Literature
Kawaguchi Hiroshi
38 Proletarian Realism and “Socialist Realism”: A Study of Literary Method (1)
Moriyama Kei
39 Socialist Realism or XXX Realism?
Kim Tu-yong
40 Buds That Survive Winter
Miyamoto Yuriko

Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Translators

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“The finely crafted translations of short fiction and criticism that compose this groundbreaking anthology underscore the crucial role proletarian writers played in the formation of modern Japanese literature. For Dignity, Justice, and Revolution demonstrates brilliantly how these writers critically engaged with the global proletarian movement as they sought to further the cause of class justice and anti-imperialist/antiwar struggle.”