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Vision In Fiction

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This chapter focuses on four short novels by Yasuoka Shôtarô, with briefer reference to stories by Kojima Nobuo and Ishikawa Jun. Yasuoka and Kojima were among the "Third Wave of New Writers" group identified by critics in 1953. The chapter discusses these two stories, "The Glass Slipper" and "House Guard", in tandem because their similarities and differences reveal interesting aspects of visual paradigms of power. In Garasu no kutsu ("The Glass Slipper"), the first person narrator, referred to throughout as Boku, is a student who has taken the job of night watchman at a rifle store in Nihonbashi shortly after the end of the war. Boku acquiesces to the masquerade, and derives all the benefits that accrue to one who accepts (or at least agrees to conform to) his or her received role.

Keywords: Boku; Garasu no kutsu; House Guard; Kojima Nobuo; Yasuoka Shôtarô



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