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Jon Holt

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in World Languages & Literatures: Japanese and University Honors


World Languages and Literatures


Machi Tawara (1962-) -- Criticism and interpretation, Waka -- Political aspects, Japanese poetry -- Political aspects




This thesis contains original translations of the first three rensaku of best selling author Tawara Machi's 1997 tanka collection Chocolate Revolution. In it, Tawara's work is examined from a critical lens developed by Dean Brink, arguing that while her poetry is subsumed within the language of capitalist consumer society, it's engagement with absurd moments therein creates an opportunity for resistance for readers. While this thesis initially agrees with Brink's assessment of Tawara as an apolitical writer, it suggests that recent works published to social media by Tawara Machi may show a deviation from her apolitical stance and discusses the effect social media may have on the advancement of the short-form tanka genre as a whole.


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