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1st Edition

The Body in Postwar Japanese Fiction

ISBN 9780415646116
Published November 14, 2012 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores one of the crucial themes in postwar Japanese fiction. Through an examination of the work of a number of prominent twentieth century Japanese writers, the book analyses the meaning of the body in postwar Japanese discourse, the gender constructions of the imagery of the body and the implications for our understanding of individual and national identity. This book will be of interest to all students of modern Japanese literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1 The discourse on the body; Chapter 2 The (gendered) discourse and a (woman’s) body; Chapter 3 Tamura Taijir?; Chapter 4 Noma Hiroshi; Chapter 5 Sakaguchi Ango; Chapter 6 When women write postwar Japan; Conclusion;

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Douglas N. Slaymaker is Associate Professor of Japanese and Director of the Japan Studies Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.


'This book brings into focus a fascinating element in the background of contemporary Japanese culture' - Monumenta Nipponica