Bulletin of the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University. Part. II, Arts and science education Issue 53
2005-03-28 発行


The method of narration in "Woman in the Dunes"
Seo, Hong
The main things which have been focused on so far in the narration of this work are those relating to the blurring of the viewpoints of the narrator and the main character. However, it can be argued that the real strength in the narration of this work is found when the narrator narrates at a distance from the main character. This is revealed in 3 characteristics of narration. By using a literary construction which brings a concord between paradoxical conjunctions like the adverb "muron"(=of course) and "shikashi"(=however), narration where by the narrator and the listener communicate is made a reality. "Hinting narration" whereby the narrator tells in advance events which have not yet occurred in the story itself, is made a reality. The characteristic of "Narration giving unlimited intimacy with the main character" is shown by narrating parts as "Kare"(=he) which should be narrated under the first person pronoun "Boku"(=I). The characteristics of these three types of narration converge to produce one effect, which is to force the listener to participate in the story and get him/her caught up in it.
hinting narration
unlimited intimacy