Portland State University. Department of World Languages and Literatures
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Japanese
World Languages and Literatures
1 online resource (v, 82 pages)
Kobayashi Takiji's (1903-1933) Kanikosen (The Crab Cannery Ship, 1929), the outstanding work from the proletarian literary movement, experienced an influx of new adaptations into various mediums during the years that preceded and followed the "Kanikosen boom" of 2008. This thesis focuses on two manga adaptations that provide readers with starkly different takes on the original story. Using theories by Scott McCloud and Azuma Hiroki, I first attempt to draw parallels between the form of manga and that of the novel. Then, I examine the manner in which the most explicitly political content of the novel is adapted into the manga versions. Through this examination of form and content, it becomes apparent that, despite their differences, both adaptations reinforce a vague, individualist-humanist ideology that undermines the notions of class consciousness and class struggle that are central to the narrative of Kanikosen. This diminishing of the explicitly "Red" aspects of the original reflects the Japanese public's general aversion to politics that has persisted since the early 1970's until this day.
Burton, Benjamin Robert, "The Revolution Will Not Be Politicized: Political Expression in the Manga Adaptations of Kanikosen" (2017). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4157.