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Haruki Murakami
Storytelling and Productive Distance

ISBN 9780367256418
Published May 14, 2019 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

Haruki Murakami: Storytelling and Productive Distance studies the evolution of the monogatari, or narrative and storytelling in the works of Haruki Murakami. Author Chikako Nihei argues that Murakami’s power of monogatari lies in his use of distancing effects; storytelling allows individuals to "cross" into a different context, through which they can effectively observe themselves and reality. His belief in the importance of monogatari is closely linked to his generation’s experience of the counter-­‐‑culture movement in the late1960s and his research on the 1995 Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack caused by the Aum shinrikyo cult, major events in postwar Japan that revealed many people’s desire for a stable narrative to interact with and form their identity from.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Distancing Japanese Literary Tradition: Monogatari and Language

Chapter 2: ‘Departure’ from the Distrust of Language: Narration as Engagement

Chapter 3: Narrativising Memories: Murakami’s Attempt at a Realist Novel in Norwegian Wood

Chapter 4: Distance within, Will to Imagine, and Power of Metaphor in Kafka on the Shore

Chapter 5: Writing in the Space In-Between: Murakami’s Exploration of Cross-Cultural Effects

Conclusion: Monogatari as an Antibody, "Walls and Eggs" and 1Q84

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Chikako Nihei is an assistant professor at Yamaguchi University. She received her PhD in Japanese at the University of Sydney. Her publications include "The Productivity of a Space In-between: Murakami Haruki as a Translator" (2016) and "Resistance and Negotiation: The ‘Herbivorous Men’ and Murakami Haruki’s Gender and Political Ambiguity" (2013).