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A study on the “Fuso no kyositsu” -Focusing on the Human Figure Amy Yamada Asked for-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2017, (75), pp.217-233
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..75.201711.217
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : August 31, 2017
  • Accepted : October 27, 2017
  • Published : November 30, 2017

HONG JINHEE 1

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ABSTRACT

Amy Yamada(1959∼) is one of the most representative female novelists in modern Japanese literature. In 1985, she made her debut in the literary world through “Bedtime Eyes”, a novel based on love between a Japanese woman and a black man. She presented an unconventional romance novel with female-led sexuality, which is rarely seen in existing literary works. On the other hand, Amy Yamada also wrote youth novels about the worries of teenagers and their transition into adulthood. “Fuso no Kyositsu”(1988), which was analyzed in this paper, belongs to the category of youth novel. This work shows us collectivism inside the classroom and the disbelief of teachers by a fifth grade female student named "Motomiya An", who is the main character. It also compares the community that lost it’s morality as a human being to the beast’s world. After all, the human figure which the author, Yamada requested through this work is an independent person with responsibility and morality. Remarkably, it is noteworthy that “Fuso no Kyositsu” refers to a youth that is not treated as the main character in contemporary Japanese literature and the problems of an educational settings. Furthermore, it can be said that this novel has more significance, because it challenges young people as well as teachers to reconsider the reality of education.

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