Kazuo Ishiguro

By Wai-chew Sim

© 2009 – Routledge

186 pages

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About the Book

Having earned an international reputation with his booker-prize-winning novel, The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro is fast emerging as an important cultural figure of our times.

In this guide to Ishiguro’s varied and often experimental work, Wai-chew Sim presents:

  • a biographical survey of Ishiguro’s literary career, and an introduction to his novels, plays and short stories
  • an accessible overview of the contexts and many interpretations of his work, from publication to the present
  • discussions of key topics in Ishiguro criticism such as narrative theory, multicultural Britain and postcolonial studies, psychoanalytic criticism, and Ishiguro as international writer
  • cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
  • suggestions for further reading.

Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Kazuo Ishiguro and seeking not only a guide to his works but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1: Life and Contexts 2: Works 3: Criticism Chronology Bibliography Index

About the Author

Wai-chew Sim is Assistant Professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences,

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About the Series

Routledge Guides to Literature

Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT008030
LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / Japanese