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Origins of Modern Japanese Literature Since its publication in Japan ten years ago, the Origins of Modern Japanese Literature has become a landmark book, playing a pivotal role in defining discussions of modernity in that country Against a history of relative inattention on the part of Western translators to modern Asian critical theory, this first English publication is sure to have a profound effect on current cultural criticism in the West It is both the boldest critique of modern Japanese literary history to appear in the post war era and a major theoretical intervention, which calls into question the idea of modernity that informs Western consciousnessIn a sweeping reinterpretation of nineteenth and twentieth century Japanese literature, Karatani Kojin forces a reconsideration of the very assumptions underlying our concepts of modernity In his analysis, such familiar terms as origin, modern, literature, and the state reveal themselves to be ideological constructs Karatani weaves many separate strands into an argument that exposes what has been hidden in both Japanese and Western accounts of the development of modern culture Among these strands are the discovery of landscape in painting and literature and its relation to the inwardness of individual consciousness the similar discovery in Japanese drama of the naked face as another kind of landscape produced by interiority the challenge to the dominance of Chinese characters in writing the emergence of confessional literature as an outgrowth of the repression of sexuality and the body the conversion of the samurai class to Christianity the mythologizing of tuberculosis, cancer, and illness in general as a producer of meaning and the discovery of the child as an independent category of human beingA work that will be important beyond the confines of literary studies, Karatani s analysis challenges basic Western presumptions of theoretical centrality and originality and disturbs the binary opposition of the West to its so called other Origins of Modern Japanese Literature should be read by all those with an interest in the development of cultural concepts and in the interrelating factors that have determined modernity


10 thoughts on “Origins of Modern Japanese Literature

  1. Aslı Can Aslı Can says:

    Sonunda bittik birlikte O kadar ok kez tekrar tekrar d nd m ki art k Karatani nin dili dilime yap m gibi Biraz zorlu bir kitap, hem her sorun tek bir d nce hatas na ba lan yor hem de z mler ok keskin Ama yine de okumas keyifli Edebiyat ve resim zerinden kar la t rmal olarak ilerleyen k s mlar zellikle ok zevkliydi En ok da ilk b l m n s


  2. Meltem Sağlam Meltem Sağlam says:

    Japon Edebiyat n n, d nya edebiyat ve sanat n n geli imi ile kar la t rmal olarak incelendi i, sanat ve felsefe gibi disiplinlere ait ortak ve farkl kavramlarla da apraz okumalar yapan bir al ma Bilinmeyen bir dilin, bilinmeyen dilbilgisi kurallar ve yabanc bir edebiyat s z konusu oldu unda, bu dildeki edebiyata ili kin bir ele tiriyi okuman


  3. Kessaku Kessaku says:

    ocu un Ke fi nden, s 149 Sakagu i nin Sakagu i Ango burada kastetti i anlat , anlat n n kendisini yar p ge en bir eydir Vladimir Propp un Masal n Bi imbilimi yap t ndan bu yana, efsane ve halk hikayelerinin belirli elerin yap sal yer de i tirmelerine dayand a kl a kavu turulmu tur S zl olarak aktar lan halk hikayeleri, tam da bu zelliklerinden dola


  4. GONZA GONZA says:

    A little masterpiece for people interested in somethingthan Murakami it gives also a lit of advises and suggestion forbook like this.Piccolo capolavoro per chi fosse interessato all argomento, che permette di andare oltre Murakami Inoltre fornisce molti altri titoli sull argomento.


  5. L L says:

    brilliant analysis of modern Japanese literature and its relation and non relation to the West Anyone interested in the notion of the subject, the I, would be interested in reading this.


  6. Devrim Güven Devrim Güven says:

    Japanese literary theorist and philosopher Kojin Karatani also believed that the child in the modern understanding of the word was absent in pre modern times For instance, in The Discovery of the Child where he asserts how modern critics and literary researchers sought futilely for the real child in literature without dealing with the historicity of the child per se


  7. Ching-In Ching-In says:

    It s a challenging read because of the concepts, the language and it s in translation and the circularity of the arguments, but definitely interesting in its re thinking of the origins of Japanese literature, especially on its own terms as opposed to the standard of the West I did learn a lot from reading it and it gave me a good background of different authors, movements


  8. Gyewon Gyewon says:

    good starting point


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