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Paradox and Representation: Silenced Voices in the Narratives of Nakagami Kenji

Machiko Ishikawa


How can the “voiceless” voice be represented? This primary question underpins this book's analysis of selected works by Buraku writer, Nakagami Kenji (1946–1992). In spite of his Buraku background, Nakagami's privilege as a writer made it difficult for him to “hear” and “represent” those voices silenced by mainstream social structures in Japan. This “paradox of representing the silenced voice” is the key theme of the book. Gayatri Spivak theorizes the (im)possibility of representing the voice of “subalterns,” those oppressed by imperialism, patriarchy, and heteronomativity. Arguing for Burakum ... More

Keywords: voiceless, Nakagami Kenji, Buraku writer, Gayatri Spivak, Burakumin women, Kiyuki trilogy, silenced voices, imperialism, patriarchy, heteronomativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501751943
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751943.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Machiko Ishikawa, author
Surugadai University