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Reference: Kornicki, Peter F. (Peter Francis), (1979). The novels of Ozaki Kōyō. DPhil. University of Oxford.Citable link to this page:


The novels of Ozaki Kōyō Subtitle: A study of selected works with special reference to the relationship between the fiction of the Tokugawa and early Meiji periods

Abstract: This is a study of some of the works of the Japanese novelist,Ozaki Kōyō (1867-1903). The aim has been to identify the legacythat the fiction of the Tokugawa period (1600-1868) left inhis work, so comparatively little attention has been paid tohis life or to works that throw no light on this question, suchas his adaptations and translations of western literature.Kōyō's fiction was influenced by two distinct literary traditionsfrom the Tokugawa period. His interest in ninjōbon, a genre ofromantic novel, spanned his creative life and imparted to hisworks a tendency towards complex romantic plots and a concernfor realistic dialogue. For a few years, however, this sourceof influence yielded to another: Koyo was involved in therevival of the works of Ihara Saikaku which took place in theyears around 1890, and this profoundly affected his languageand style for several years. Attempts to imitate Saikaku'sfiction also enabled him to experiment with uses of the narratorthat were foreign to ninjōbon writers, and he becameprogressively more interested in probing the minds of hischaracters. He took these developments further in his last twonovels, stimulated both by the western fiction he had readand by current literary fashions. In Tajō takon he used thenarrator to express his rejection of views of marriage importedfrom the West; in Konjiki yasha he combined the qualities ofninjobon with a study of usury. Apart from revealing some of theareas in which Meiji fiction was indebted to tradition, Kōyō'sworks show that the influence of Tokugawst fiction was not alwaysas harmful as it is often supposed to be.

Type of Award:DPhil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky

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Language: eng Subjects: Edo period, 1600-1868 Meiji period, 1868-1912 Japanese fiction History and criticism Tiny URL: td:602351396


Author: Kornicki, Peter F. Peter Francis - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyFaculty of Oriental Studies - - - - Bibliographic Detai



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