Off-campus UMass Amherst users: To download campus access dissertations, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your UMass Amherst user name and password.
Non-UMass Amherst users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this dissertation through interlibrary loan.
Dissertations that have an embargo placed on them will not be available to anyone until the embargo expires.
Campus-Only Access for Five (5) Years
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
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.
Levine, Emily F., "From the Antiworld to the "Other World:" A Translation and Critical Analysis of Kurahashi Yumiko's "The Passage of Dreams"" (2015). Masters Theses. 233.