Asian Literary Voices: From Marginal to Mainstream (AUP - by Philip F. Williams

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In particular, he is remembered for making the earliest efforts to write a literary work entirely in the colloquial language, including both the dialogue and narrative. (His first attempt, for example, appeared in the Number Nine issue of Garakuta bunko in November 1886 when he began to serialize “Chōkai shōsetsu tengu” [Ridiculing a 38 DANIEL J. ) Yamada Bimyō experimented with genbun-itchi throughout his career, but after the appearance of Ukigumo, his contributions to the new written style were often overlooked.

Conclusion All of the above literary examples of rural migrants could be considered descendants of what the Beijing University professor of Chinese literary studies Chen Pingyuan has called the late Qing dynasty fiction character type of “the traveller who turns his back on hearth and home” [bei jing li xiang de lüxingzhe] (Chen 1989: 226). Focusing upon this kind of venturesome character, the reader can vicariously partake of the character’s navigation of a new and somewhat forbidding societal environment.

Yamada Bimyō (2001), “Musashino,” in Yamada Bimyō, vol. 10 of Meiji no bungaku. Tokyo: Chikuma Shobō, pp. 57-80. 5: 22-28. Yamada Yūsaku (2001), Gensō no kindai: Shōyō, Bimyō, Ryūrō. Tokyo: Ōfū. Yanagita Izumi (1976), “Rekishi shōsetsu kenkyū,” in Meiji rekishi bungakushū 1, vol. 89 of Meiji bungaku zenshū. Tokyo: Chikuma Shobō, pp. 393-407. 3 From Atomized to Networked: Rural-to-Urban Migrants in Twentieth-century Chinese Narrative Philip F. Williams Introduction The migrant worker from the countryside [nongmin gong] has become an increasingly noticeable and ubiquitous figure in most large cities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

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