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ISBN 9780367181413
August 13, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This book is a timely and expansive volume on Murakami Haruki, arguably Japan's most high profile contemporary writer.

With contributions from prominent Murakami scholars, this book approaches the works of Murakami Haruki through interdisciplinary perspectives, discussing their significance and value through the lenses of history; geography; politics; gender and sexuality; translation; literary influence and circulation. Chapters together provide a multi-faceted assessment on Murakami’s literary oeuvre in the last four decades, vouching for its continuous importance in understanding the world and Japan in contemporary times. The book also features exclusive material that includes the cultural critic Katō Norihiro’s final work on Murakami – his chapter here one of the few works ever translated into English – to interviews with Murakami and discussions from his translators and editors, shedding light not only on Murakami’s work as literature but as products of cross-cultural exchanges.

Murakami Haruki and Our Years of Pilgrimage will prove a valuable resource for students and scholars of Japanese studies, comparative and world literature, cultural studies, and beyond. 

Table of Contents

Part 1: Temporal and spatial dimensions

2. From hara-hara to doki-doki: Murakami Haruki’s use of humour and his predicament since 1Q84KATŌ NORIHIRO, translated by MICHAEL TSANG, with a tribute by the editors

3. History and metaphysical narrative space

MATTHEW C. STRECHER

4. Murakami Haruki’s Tokyo: Spatial transformation and sociocultural displacement, disconnection, and disorientation

BARBARA E. THORNBURY

5. Food culture, consumerism and Murakami Haruki: The kitchen in ‘Zō no shōmetsu’

NIHEI CHIKAKO

Part 2: Narrative and genders

6. Murakami’s first-person narrators and female character construction

GITTE MARIANNE HANSEN

7. Voyeuristic gaze, narratological construction, and the gender problem in Murakami Haruki’s After Dark

MICHAEL TSANG

8. Man without Woman: Sexual relationship in the postmodern era

ASTRID LAC

9. Escape from stereotype? Male–male sexuality in the fiction of Murakami Haruki

ANNA ZIELINSKA–ELLIOTT

Part 3: Literary dialogues

10. Ask the horse: Murakami’s views on literary creation and the nature of inspiration

GIORGIO AMITRANO

11. Modern Japanese and European genre history in Murakami’s and Sōseki’s coming-of-age novels

ANNETTE THORSEN VILSLEV

12. Trumping 1Q84/Nineteen Eighty-Four? Reading Murakami and Orwell in a dystopian era

PATRICIA WELCH

13. Manifestations of creativity: Murakami Haruki as translator

AKASHI MOTOKO

Part 4: Personal stories from the industry

14. Chasing wild sheep: The breakthrough of Murakami Haruki in the West

ELMER LUKE

15. Two old translators recall the Murakami phenomenon

JAY RUBIN AND TED GOOSSEN

16. To build a pile of sleeping kittens, trying not to wake them: Rebecca Suter interviews Murakami Haruki

REBECCA SUTER, WITH MURAKAMI HARUKI

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Editor(s)

Biography

Gitte Marianne Hansen is Senior Lecturer in Japanese studies at Newcastle University, UK. She is an AHRC Leadership Fellow and PI for a project on Murakami Haruki. She is the author of Femininity, Self-harm and Eating Disorders in Japan: Navigating Contradiction in Narrative and Visual Culture (2016).

Michael Tsang is Leverhulme postdoctoral fellow at School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University. His research interests lie in world/postcolonial literatures and media with an Asian focus. He is published in Japan Forum, Wasafiri, Sanglap, and other journals and edited volumes. He is the founding editor of Hong Kong Studies.