"Rivers of the soul" by Miyamoto Yuriko : biography of the author, translation, discussion
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
Miyamoto Yuriko has been acclaimed as a writer for many years, although it is perhaps only since the war that her works have been made more readily available to the public. During much of her life, she was placed under a writing ban by the authorities and could publish little. Moreover, the works she wrote as a Communist, and her works on women in particular, were more readily accepted by the public after various social changes occurred in post-war Japan. Most of her works, apart from essays and criticisms of which she wrote a great many, are autobiographical. This lends a deep credibility and vitality to her writing since her growth and development, both as a woman and as a writer, are vividly portrayed. One of her works, "Kokoro no Kawa", is a short story describing in semi-autobiographical style her first marriage to Araki Shigeru. It depicts the protagonist's development, and her increasing awareness and understanding of her position, to the final climax of the story. A translation of "Kokoro no Kawa" is here presented, together with a biography of Yuriko and a detailed analysis of the story itself.