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Criticism of Children's Literature and ‘Douwa’ as a Literary Genre

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2017, (75), pp.235-253
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..75.201711.235
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : September 10, 2017
  • Accepted : October 27, 2017
  • Published : November 30, 2017

Matsumoto, Ken 1

1大邱カトリック大学校アジア学部

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ABSTRACT

For more than 10 years since the latter half of the Showa 20s, many argued that traditional Douwa, symbolized by Ogawa Mimei's works, should be rejected and new types of children's literary works should be created. However, since there was no common agreement among the debaters regarding the exact definition of traditional Douwa, the discussion was not constructive and ended without producing a meaningful end result. Among them, only Huruta Taruhi expressed his opinion on what traditional Douwa was. But, because the essay “Sayonara Mimei” was too difficult to understand, it did not contribute to the consolidation of that discussion. What was his opinion? The essay states that traditional Douwa doesn't depict “Human” but “something already decided,” and it should select the style of “prose” that depicts “human” as a method of children's literature. This achievement was a genre division of literature. This view had the possibility to lead the new proper criticism of children's literature without mixing genres and the creation of new children's literature.

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