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The Weird World in Hiromi Goto’s Half World
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KISHINO, Hidemi
abstract
This paper discusses Hiromi Goto’s Half World, a highly regarded work of young-adult fiction, seeking to analyze the kinds of alternative identity that are presented in the work. I examine the representation of the novel’s setting, the unearthly “Half World,” and consider the meaning conferred on the weird monsters that rule there. I also focus on the animals that use all of their power to protect the protagonist.
Half World, with its interweaving diverse cultures and religions, can be seen as an adventure story that revolutionizes the traditional narrative patterns of youth literature, much like Water of Possibility. However, this novel greatly differs from Goto’s previous books, in that Goto obfuscates awareness of transcending race and culture as well as the dualities of good / evil and life / death, depicting these in terms of questions about the very norms created by humans that transcend space-time. Goto achieves this through a representation of the weird world called the“ Half World,” with its representations of crows and rats, creatures that tend to invoke disgust while also being familiar to the reader. Goto also presents young readers with the despair of the human spirit, and the need to find one’s own ideals and to consider one’s life goals. Goto presents this to young people who will soon have to live independently and who must stand on their own two feet, by featuring strange non-human beings as the rulers of an alternative dimension known as the “Half World,” which symbolize evil, filth, and greed. Therefore, Half World is a story of self-discovery that can be seen as a means for Goto to convey the importance of understanding oneself in the context of reality and relationships with others, and the importance of acquiring one’s own identity.
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本稿は、2020年3月に広島大学へ提出した博士論文第5章に加筆修正を施したものであり、JSPS科研費(課題番号:20K00433)の助成を受けた研究成果の一部である。
journal title
Studies in European and American Cultures
issue
Issue 27
start page
23
end page
38
date of issued
2020-12-27
publisher
広島大学大学院人間社会科学研究科欧米文化研究会
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language
jpn
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
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application/pdf
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department
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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