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Harvard East Asian Monographs 352

Two-Timing Modernity

Homosocial Narrative in Modern Japanese Fiction

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$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674067127

Publication Date: 11/19/2012


248 pages

6 x 9 inches

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard East Asian Monographs

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Offering incisive textual analyses of homosociality in the texts of three canonical writers (Mori Ogai, Natsume Soseki, and Mishima Yukio) and one relatively unknown writer (Hamao Shiro), Vincent examines the male homosocial continuum in Japanese fiction, exploring the way male–male relationships in the novels under discussion have been relegated to a historical and narrative past where they persist in the ‘amber of memory.’ …Vincent’s study is unique in its careful articulation of the interface between the homosexual and the homosocial and the interaction both have with feminist theories and queer studies. What is perhaps even more significant, however, is the way Vincent reads the temporality of homosexual desire in both extratextual historical contexts and the intertextual narrative structure. In so doing, he shifts the focus of his argument from a general critique of culture to close textual readings. Here his literary analyses are astute, linguistically deft, and original. This is a path breaking work that will be an important resource for scholars of literature and sexuality.—R.L. Copeland, Choice

Keith Vincent creatively illuminates the narrative structures, reading practices, and cultural assumptions through which key Japanese texts from the first half of the twentieth century articulate the close proximity of historical and developmental understandings of male–male desire to modern formulations of homosociality. Meticulously researched and rigorously argued, Two-Timing Modernity is a most welcome contribution to the field.—James Reichert, Stanford University

In this absorbing study, Keith Vincent brings insight into the split of homosociality and heteronormativity imposed on the nation-state and the individual in modern Japan, demonstrating that sexuality is not only subject matter for literary narratives but that it also defines and is defined by the rhetoric of narration. Engaging the reader in careful rethinking of how these texts have been read—and how they should be read now—Vincent’s book will resonate with a broad audience, making indelible marks in the fields of narrative studies, queer theory, and modern Japanese literature.—Atsuko Sakaki, University of Toronto

Two-Timing Modernity sets a new standard for innovative engagement with queer theory in Japanese literary studies. At the same time, this work reminds us that established approaches in literary studies such as narratology and ‘good old’ close reading still serve as great tools for cutting-edge scholarship.—Tomiko Yoda, Harvard University

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