Document Type

Campus-Only Access for Five (5) Years

Embargo Period

4-7-2015

Degree Program

Japanese

Degree Type

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

2015

Month Degree Awarded

May

Advisor Name

Amanda

Advisor Last Name

Seaman

Co-advisor Name

Stephen

Co-advisor Last Name

Miller

Abstract

This thesis represents a complete translation of the sixth volume of the “Keiko-san Series,” Yume no kayoiji, translated here as The Passage of Dreams. Published in 1989 by Kurahashi Yumiko, The Passage of Dreams is composed of twenty-one short stories, each of which details a bizarre, often sexual incident. The “Keiko-san Series,” written after Kurahashi’s ten year lapse in activity, has been largely dismissed and neglected by Japanese literary scholars. Through a comparative analysis of this work and Kurahashi’s earliest stories “Partei” and “The End of Summer,” this thesis delineates a clear rupture in structure and theme between the two parts of the author’s career and asserts that both are of significance to Japanese literature. However, the portrayal of female focused sexuality in The Passage of Dreams makes it especially deserving of the attention it has yet to receive.

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