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The Disarticulated Body Men Writing Men

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This chapter lays out the plot of Shimao Toshio's story at some length and then links its important components with stories by Kojima Nobuo, Yasuoka Shôtarô, Hayashi Fumiko, and Ishikawa Jun. In Kojima Nobuo's "The American School", the visiting Japanese teachers are stunned by the magnificence of the buildings constructed by the former enemy with Japanese taxes on Japanese soil. There are many stories that focus on a traumatic split between mind and body induced by the circumstances of occupation, including Ishikawa Jun's "Golden Legend"; Yasuoka Shôtarô's "Ga" (The moth, 1953), in which the narrator gets a moth stuck inside his inner ear, causing tremendous mental and physical discomfort (loss of balance); and Shimao Toshio's "The Skyscraper", in which the narrator enters a tower that represents his own mind and flies around inside it.

Keywords: Golden Legend; Hayashi Fumiko; Ishikawa Jun; Kojima Nobuo; Shimao Toshio; The American school; The Moth; The Skyscraper; Yasuoka Shôtarô

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