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Haruki Murakami

Storytelling and Productive Distance, 1st Edition

By Chikako Nihei

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172 pages

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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

Introduction

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

About the Author

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).

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Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT008030
LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / Japanese
LIT020000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LIT024000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General
LIT024050
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century
LIT024060
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 21st Century