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Paradox and RepresentationSilenced Voices in the Narratives of Nakagami Kenji$
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Machiko Ishikawa

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501751943

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501751943.001.0001

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(p.265) Conclusion
Paradox and Representation

Machiko Ishikawa

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter revisits the previous chapters, drawing out major insights and highlighting further discussions on Nakagami's works that have not been covered by previous scholarship. It returns to the Burakumin, who remain marginalized in Japanese society—their members easily rendered voiceless. The chapter argues that Nakagami's literature is an attempt to address this issue and give voice to a range of individuals within this and other marginalized groups. In addition, the chapter considers Nakagami's later works, produced from the mid-1980s onward, in which a key theme of his narratives is the representation of the diaspora-like drift of the Burakumin, whose homeland has been lost. It concludes by once more drawing attention to the ways in which Spivak has helped to illuminate previously unrecognized aspects of Nakagami's work.

Keywords:   Nakagami Kenji, Burakumin, Burakumin diaspora, marginalized groups, Japanese society, Gayatri Spivak, Nakagami scholarship

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