The Southern Experience of Writers in Syowa Era: Take Atsushi Nakajima and Jyun Takami as the Core of Exploration
The Southern Expansion Doctrine has been promoted in Japan since the Meiji Era. Under the influence of the Southern Expansion Doctrine, the domestic Japan started to switch the focus to the South and therefore paid more and more attention to the South. Many writers headed for the South to write works on the South or even if they didn’t personally go to the South, the story backgrounds of their works were based on the South. As a result, the images of the South reflected in Japan’s South Literature were presented in rich forms due to the various influential factors. Both Jyun Takami and Atsushi Nakajima are the writers who went to the South during this period and constructed the relevant works on the South. In the 16th year of the Showa Era, Nakajima went to Palau which was mandated by Japan by then. In the same year, Takami traveled to the Dutch East Indies. To both of them who fantasized about the South, the trip to the South in that year was the very first Southern experience. Despite the two writers having various similarities and traveling to the South at the same time, the image of the South presented in their respective works varied a lot. This paper will discuss the types of the South Literature in the Showa Era by focusing on the South Literature of the two writers, as well as comparing the different images of the South in their works and the writers’ view toward the South.
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