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Master of Arts (M.A.)

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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.

The translation portion of this thesis has undergone significant revisions since its submission.


First Advisor

Amanda Seaman

Second Advisor

Stephen Miller

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