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On Uneven Ground: Miyazawa Kenji and the Making of Place in Modern Japan

Hoyt Long


The history of literary and artistic production in modern Japan has typically centered on the literature and art of Tokyo, yet cultural activity in the country's regional cities and rural towns was no less vibrant. This book recovers pieces of this neglected history through the figure of Miyazawa Kenji (1896–1933). While alive, he remained a mostly unknown and unread provincial author whose experiments with narrative fiction, amateur theater, and farmer's art reveal an intense determination to reimagine and remake his native place, in the northeast of Japan, meaningful. Today, Miyazawa is one ... More

Keywords: Miyazawa Kenji, Japan, narrative fiction, amateur theatre, farmer's art, writing, artistic practice, place-based identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804776868
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804776868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hoyt Long, author