Assistant Professor KASAMA Haruna

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The power of narrated words

My research focuses on Meiji literature, in particular on Ichiyō Higuchi’s oeuvre. Currently, I am investigating novelistic expressions typical of Meiji literature, with Ichiyō’s texts as a primary example.
I first encountered Ichiyō’s writing in high school and still remember how confused I was by her style, so different from both contemporary novels and older classical literature, and how I failed to grasp the meaning of her words or the story itself. I only managed to finish that paperback because I was enthralled by the particular power and vividness of characters’ lines. Why did Ichiyō’s texts, written in a slightly old-fashioned Gabun style, move me so much? This unsophisticated question became the starting point of my research.
Ichiyō lived and wrote in the 1880s, a period marked by the emergence of the modern novel. That was a time when writers struggled to reconceptualise the novel. Expressive means and styles from a multitude of literary genres and media, old and new, intermingled and combined to give birth to new forms of novelistic expression. In my research, I would like to pay proper attention to each of those forms, addressing the specificity and appeal of the words that only novels can weave.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Personal History
    BA, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tohoku University.
    Ph.D, Literature, Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University

    Research Fellow/Research Assistant, Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Current position
    Ph.D. (Literature)
    Modern Japanese Literary Studies (mainly the literature of the Meiji period)
    Research Subject
    Novelistic expression in the Japanese literature of the 1880s
    modern Japanese literature; literature of the Meiji period; Ichiyō Higuchi; history of expression
    Association for Modern Japanese Literary Studies; Comparative Literature Association; Japanese Society for Literary Studies (Nihon Bungei Kenkyūkai); Ichiyō Higuchi Society (Ichiyō Higuchi Kenkyūkai)
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