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Dodd, Stephen (2007) 'Self and Other in the Writings of Kajii Motojiro.' In: Hutchinson, Rachael and Williams, Mark, (eds.), Representing the Other in Modern Japanese Literature. A Critical Approach. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 96-108. (The University of Sheffield/Routledge Japanese Studies Series)

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Some writers, like Tanizaki Jun’ichiro¯ , led such eventful, varied and – perhaps most importantly – long lives, that simply to investigate the petty dramas of their literary careers can prove to be a source of fascination. This cannot be said of Kajii Motojiro¯. Born in 1901, he wrote only about 20 short stories before dying of tuberculosis in 1932, and is best known today in Japan and (if at all) in the West for his short story, ‘Remon’ (Lemon, 1925). Kajii’s personal history can briefly be stated. Growing up in Osaka, his first ambition was to become an engineer. It was only after he entered Kyoto’s Third Higher School (Sanko¯) that fellow students encouraged him to develop a shared interest in music and the arts, and he eventually turned to the writing of literature. In 1924, he went to study at Tokyo University, and ‘Lemon’ appeared the following year in Aozora, a coterie magazine (do¯jin zasshi ) edited by Kajii and his fellow students. However, just as he was beginning to flex his literary muscles, his TB took a turn for the worse. He was forced to leave Tokyo late in 1926 and convalesced for sixteen months in the hot spring resort of Yu¯gashima on the Izu Peninsula. After a brief return to Tokyo, deteriorating health forced him to return home to Osaka in 1928, where his family nursed him until his death.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
ISBN: 9780415361859
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2008 13:19

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