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  1. 1. “Toddler Hunting”TaekoKono<br />Sam Rocchino<br />
  2. 2. Early Life<br />Born April 30, 1926<br />Ill as a child<br />Conscripted to work in factory<br />Graduated Women’s University in 1947<br />Moved Tokyo, Japan<br />&quot;she felt a new sense of freedom and had an urge to do something, but was not sure what&quot;<br />1961 published “Toddler Hunting”<br />English translation 1996<br />
  3. 3. Literary Analysis<br />&quot;underneath the seemingly normal routines of daily life, one may find hidden propensities for abnormal or pathological behavior…reality and fantasy are not so clearly distinguishable from each other”<br />Themes such as alternative sexual practices- sadomasochism<br />Explore sexuality and identity itself<br />Combines these elements with illness, childlessness, and absence of husband<br />
  4. 4. Literary Analysis (Cont’d)<br />Struggle Japanese women in patriarchal society<br />Female characters reject traditional roles<br />Leads them to violent, antisocial or sadomasochistic ways<br />“Flesh of the Bones,” “Blood and Shell,” “A Sudden Voice,”<br /> “Cruel tale of a hunter become prey,” “Crabs,” “The Final Hours,” <br />“A Sudden Voice,” “Bone Meat,” “A Year-long Pastoral”<br />
  5. 5. “Toddler Hunting”<br />Hayashi Akiko<br />Sadomasochistic sexual practices with Sasaki<br />Dislike of little girls/Obsession little boys<br />Rejection traditional femininity<br />Illness/Barrenness<br />“turn[s] the myth of motherhood on its head”<br />representation of demonic women who threatened patriarchy itself<br />
  6. 6. “Bone Meat”<br />Published 1971<br />A woman left by a man haunted by his belongings<br />Feels guilt and resentment towards him<br />Therefore resorts to two recollections<br />Old man<br />Eating meat<br />Fails to be saved by memories and identifies with old man<br />Allusions to sadomasochistic practices<br />Role of woman/role of fantasy<br />
  7. 7. Works Cited<br />Kamata, Suzanne. &quot;Review: [Untitled]; Toddler Hunting and Other Stories.&quot; Manoa9.2, Century of Dreams: New Writing from the Philippines (1997): 175-6. Web.<br />Kono, Taeko. &quot;Bone Meat.&quot; Trans. Lucy Lower. Toddler-Hunting and Other Stories. New York: New Directions Corporation, 1996. 250-65. Print.<br />Kono, Taeko. &quot;Toddler-Hunting.&quot; Trans. Lucy North. Toddler-Hunting and Other Stories. New York: New Directions Corporation, 1996. 45-68. Print.<br />Samuel, Yoshiko Yokochi. &quot;Review: [Untitled].&quot; World Literature Today 71.2, Italian Literature Today (1997): 461-2. Web.<br />“TaekoKono.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 11 November 2009. 11 November 2009 Web.<br />Images courtesy of Google Images<br />