Writing Colonial Lineage in Sakaguchi Reiko's "Tokeisō"
This essay examines Sakaguchi Reiko's novella "Tokeisō"
(Passionflower, 1943) in which the generational divide between a Japanese
father and his Japanese-Aborigine son reflects an ideological division
between diverse colonial subjects and different forms of Japanese
colonialism. I show how Sakaguchi articulates seemingly "new" colonial
lineages—political and literary—through the reformulation of the popular
tropes utilized in colonial discourse, including nature, culture, family,
and marriage. While these "new" lineages differ from their predecessors in
form, they ultimately maintain colonial union and consequently provoke
questions about the possibility of articulating resistance in the colonial
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