Katai+and+Futon+108 - Tayama Katai 1872-1930 -Futon (The...

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Tayama Katai 1872-1930 -- Futon (The Quilt) 1907 Confession as the representation of an essential “self” and biographical truth --Relationship with Okada Michiyo 1903-1906 Confession as a discursive or literary creation --Gerhard Hauptmann, Lonely People , 1891 --Emile Zola, Thérèse Racquin , 1867 --Tayama Katai, “Onna kyōshi.” 1903
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How deeply my thoughts, my vision, my whole being was struck by these dozen wonderful volumes of short stories. I had been strongly moved by Zola’s Therese Racquin some time before, but the effect of these stories went far beyond that. I felt as though I’d been struck a sharp blow on the head with a stick, as though my whole way of thinking had been sent topsy-turvy…Until then I had only looked longingly at the heavens—I didn’t know a thing about the earth, I knew nothing at all. I’d been a feeble idealist. Tayama Katai, 1917 Now I have realized the truth of things and I find it increasingly regrettable…But these feelings of regret do not relate to the works themselves, rather to the fact that I have encountered new reflections of life of which I myself was ignorant…The works are true to nature,… nature as it is, raw. Tayama Katai, 1901
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Then suddenly, by some chain of thought or other, he called to mind Hauptmann’s Lonely People . Before things had turned out as they had, he had thought about teaching her this drama as part of her curriculum. He had wanted to teach her about the hero’s—Johannes Voeckrat’s— mind, about his grief and the wife who misunderstood him. He had read the work some three years before, before he had even known of her existence, and since then he too had been a lonely man. He didn’t go so far as to try to compare himself to Johannes, but he did feel, with great sympathetic understanding, that if such a woman as Anna, Johannes’s student appeared, then it was only natural if things ended in such a tragedy. “And now I can’t even become a Johannes,” he thought, letting out a long, deep sigh. The Quilt, p. 37
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ASIAN 302 taught by Professor Ito during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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