Fate, Nature, and Literary Form (Innbundet)

The Politics of the Tragic in Japanese Literature

Serie: Studies in Comparative Literature and Intellectual History 


Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2020
Antall sider: 168
Forlag: Academic Studies Press
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9781644690680
Kategori: Språk
Omtale Fate, Nature, and Literary Form
This study is a theoretical reconsideration of the concept of the "tragic" combined with detailed analyses of Japanese literary texts. Inspired by contemporary critical discourse (especially the works by such thinkers as Theodor Adorno, Fredric Jameson and Raymond Williams), the author challenges both exotic and postmodern representation of Japanese culture as "the other" of the West. By examining the social backgrounds of artists' endeavors to create new literary forms, the author unveils a rich tradition of tragic literature that, unlike the dominant local tradition of naturalism, has registered the unbridgeable gap between universal ideals and social values at a particular historical moment.

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