Oe Kenzaburo with Map of Africa

From Playing in the Shadows: Fictions of Race and Blackness in Postwar Japanese Literature by Will Bridges

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  • Literary Studies
  • Asian Studies:Japan
  • African American Studies
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  • Figure 1. Ōe Kenzaburō circa 1964, when he was writing A Personal Matter, holding a copy of Stanford’s General Map of Africa. Note Ōe’s skewed gaze, which asks readers to make eye contact with the cartography of Africa rather than the Japanese author who holds the map. (Reprinted with permission from Shinchōsha.)