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Master Thesis

Ichinen no bokka (Une année pastorale, 1980) de Kôno Taeko : une écriture de l'affirmation

Abstract : In a study on Tanizaki Jun'ichirō’s literature which was the recipient of the Yomiuri prize for Literature, Kōno Taeko (1926-2015) undertook a thorough analysis of her revered author’s literary production through the prism of what she dubbed his desire for affirmation. Affirmation, as it’s expanded upon by Kōno, carries nietzschean undertones, as the affirmation of life in spite of, and through, tragedy. The present thesis aims to turn Kōno’s critical lens upon her own body of work by narrowing focus to the novel A Year-long Pastoral, serialized in the literary magazine Shinchō throughout 1979. This novel, which follows a female protagonist in her thirties freshly discharged from the hospital after a bout of aberrant sexually transmissible tuberculosis through a meandering narrative choked with details and contemplative pauses, offers a glimpse into affirmation and the corresponding drive towards it as a specifically literary project. I argue that desire for affirmation colors the novel on all levels and is, in fact, a cogent key to interpreting it and appreciating its complexity. A systematic analysis of the idiosyncratic treatment of the female body as a literary theme, itself cherished by other japanese women writers of Kōno’s generation, of the various narrative devices deployed within the novel, of the construction of the dramatis personae encountered therein and the network they’re embedded into, of the implicit model reader envisioned and produced by the text, will serve to shore up my initial hypothesis.
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Carla Adami. Ichinen no bokka (Une année pastorale, 1980) de Kôno Taeko : une écriture de l'affirmation. Littératures. 2021. ⟨dumas-03416337⟩



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