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On the Positioning of Gon Gitsune as a Classical Juvenile Literary Work

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2017, (73), pp.53-68
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..73.201705.53
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : April 17, 2017
  • Accepted : May 10, 2017
  • Published : May 31, 2017

Mizutani, Takashi 1

1大阪女子短期大学

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ABSTRACT

Gon Gitsune, written by Nankichi Niimi, is now adapted in all of the fourth-grade Japanese textbooks. Its story is very familiar to most of us and close analyses of the text are done by lots of scholars. However, the story contains several elements that are not appropriate to close and logical analyses. At the same time it has a tendency to cause a gap between what we get by close analyses and what we understand through instinctive readings. Now that almost a century has passed since Gon Gitsune was published, some parts of the text are difficult to understand without explanations for the children that are supposed to be its readers. Such a work we may not give children as a teaching material to train the reading comprehension as ever, but we may reposition it as a classic juvenile literature. And furthermore I’d like to propose that we should reconsider it as an opportunity to examine our traditional culture.

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