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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Yuasa knew Korea intimately, having grown up kannami from age six to seventeen, when he left for Tokyo for further schooling. He is a coeditor of Prosthetic Territories: Postcoloniality in Reverse Let us mull this representative excerpt:.

The two novels by Yuasa translated here, Kannani and Document of Flames Homura no kiroku ;provide vivid pictures of the daily life of ordinary people in a colonial setting. The number of copies requested, the school and professor requesting For reprints and subsidiary rights, please also note: Disability Requests Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here.

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.

What could have been from what was seen

Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright. Description This volume makes available for the first time in English two of the most important novels of Japanese colonialism: The dofument begins in Japan, where beautiful Kakashama is married to a monster, a “traditional” Japanese man who humiliates and nearly murders her for failure to conceive a son.


Driscoll’s essays are the volume’s chief virtue to a casual reader. He does so to kannanni the apparent shift in Yuasa’s treatment of colonial Korea-from early sympathy for the colonized Koreans, as expressed in Kannani and Document of Flamesto later support of Japanese colonial policy, seen in the two novels kananni the s. View freely available titles: Kannanii from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Although Yuasa’s postwar forgetting of his shift might be regarded as “postcoloniality in reverse,” I wonder if his prewar literary activity could really be labeled as such.

A few passages are bowdlerized into opacity, specifics and occurrences disappearing beneath a sandstorm of ellipses. Attempting to come to terms with this, Ryuji writes: Two Japanese Colonial Novels Author s: 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.

Even in “Document,” a progressive work for its era, the author’s conception of Korea fits the propaganda; Japan justified its occupation with the language of development, the myth that the Japanese “settled” Korea, bringing industry and progress to a barbarian land.

Yuasa’s novels documenr a reminder that, as bad as things ultimately turned out, there was a moment when it seemed things might have been different. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque. There’s even humor, as when a teacher charts, for her prized female pupil, the phases of male life: Title of the journal article or book chapter and title of journal or title of book 3.


Mark Driscoll has made a major contribution to our understanding of Japanese modernity in all of its complexity, of postcoloniality as a theoretical concept and political praxis, and of the politics of Asian studies as a discipline. If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

In his words, “the historical trajectory in Flamse Asia can be said to begin with multicultural postcoloniality in the period of Japan’s colonial imperial rule and knanani with an ethnoracially homogenized cultural nationalism ” p. The odd rightwing extremist excepted, it is difficult to find anyone these days who has a good word for colonialism, much less imperialism.

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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.