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On Uneven GroundMiyazawa Kenji and the Making of Place in Modern Japan$
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Hoyt Long

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776868

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776868.001.0001

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Toward a Provincializing Literary Production

Toward a Provincializing Literary Production

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(p.55) Chapter Three Toward a Provincializing Literary Production
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On Uneven Ground
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804776868.003.0004

This chapter explores the provincialization of literary production in Japan in the context of Miyazawa Kenji's children's book The Restaurant of Many Orders. It explains that many of Miyazawa's experiments with narrative strategies with provincializing intent were incorporated in this novel and contends that the history of this work illustrates what provincial publishers were up against in trying to compete in such an uneven literary market. This chapter also highlights the impact of Miyazawa's exchange with the dowa movement on his literary career.

Keywords:   The Restaurant of Many Orders, Miyazawa Kenji, children's book, narrative strategies, provincial publishers, dowa, literary career

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