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The Japanization of modernity : Murakami Haruki between Japan and the United States / Rebecca Suter
Bib ID 4455570
Format BookBook
Author
Suter, Rebecca, 1975-
 
Description Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center : Distributed by Harvard University Press, 2008 
x, 236 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9780674028333
0674028333
Series

Harvard East Asian monographs ; 298.

Summary

"Murakami Haruki is perhaps the best known and most widely translated Japanese author of his generation. Bringing a comparative perspective to the study of Murakami's fiction, Rebecca Suter complicates our understanding of the author's oeuvre and highlights his contributions not only as a popular writer but also as a cultural critic on both sides of the Pacific. Suter concentrates on Murakami's short stories - less known in the West but equally worthy of critical attention - as sites of some of the author's bolder experiments in manipulating literary (and everyday) language, honing cross-cultural allusions, and crafting meta-fictional techniques. This study scrutinizes Murakami's fictional worlds and their extra-literary contexts through a range of discursive lenses: modernity and postmodernity, universalism and particularism, imperialism and nationalism, Orientalism and globalization."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. The Japanization of Modernity
  • 2. Murakami Haruki, Japan, and America
  • 3. Language and Culture
  • 4. Literature and Identity
  • 5. In Other Worlds.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-228) and index.

Subjects Murakami, Haruki, 1949- -- Criticism and interpretation.  |  Murakami, Haruki, 1949- -- Appreciation -- United States.  |  Literature -- Japan.
Other authors/contributors Harvard University. Asia Center

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