Border-Crossing Japanese Literature: Reading Multiplicity (Routledge Contemporary Japan) (Hardcover)

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Border-Crossing Japanese Literature: Reading Multiplicity (Routledge Contemporary Japan) (Hardcover)

By Akiko Uchiyama (Editor), Barbara Hartley (Editor)

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This collection focuses on metaphorical as well as temporal and physical border-crossing in writing from and about Japan.

With a strong consciousness of gender and socio-historic contexts, contributors to the book adopt an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach to examine the writing of authors whose works break free from the confines of hegemonic Japanese literary endeavour. By demonstrating how the texts analysed step outside the space of 'Japan', they accordingly foreground the volatility of textual expression related to that space. The authors discussed include Takahashi Mutsuo and Nagai Kafū, both of whom take literary inspiration from geographical sites outside Japan. Several chapters examine the work of exemplary border-crossing poet, novelist and essayist, Itō Hiromi. There are discussions of the work of Tawada Yōko whose ability to publish in German and Japanese marks her also as a representative writer of border-crossing texts. Two chapters address works by Murakami Haruki who, although clearly affiliating with western cultural form, is rarely discussed in specific border-crossing terms. The chapter on Ainu narratives invokes topics such as translation, indigeneity and myth, while an analysis of Japanese prisoner-of-war narratives notes the language and border-crossing nexus.

A vital collection for scholars and students of Japanese literature.

Akiko Uchiyama is a Lecturer in the School of Languages and Cultures at The University of Queensland, Australia.Barbara Hartley is an honorary researcher in the School of Languages and Cultures at The University of Queensland, Australia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780367697730
ISBN-10: 0367697734
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: July 21st, 2023
Pages: 220
Language: English
Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan