- 日本文学 (ISSN:03869903)
- vol.31, no.6, pp.1-11, 1982-06-10 (Released:2017-08-01)
1926 was a memorable year for Aono Suekichi. Having resolved to withdraw from political activity in order to devote himself to literary criticism, he found himself a man of the times. He produced a flurry of articles and was drawn into a number of debates, the most important being, of course, that concerning goal-consciousness. This argument was to linger on into 1927. Other than this much-publicized debate, Suekichi experienced two others in the course of 1926. One involved Hirotsu Kazuo, and the other, Masamune Hakucho. Both of these debates provide useful material for understanding the Aono Suekichi of 1926, the Aono Suekichi, that is, who proclaimed the theory of goal-consciousness. This essay attempts to trace the development of this theory by examining the two less-known debates.