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Harvard East Asian Monographs 180

Recontextualizing Texts

Narrative Performance in Modern Japanese Fiction

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$41.50 • £36.95 • €37.95

ISBN 9780674750944

Publication Date: 05/25/1999


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  • Editorial Conventions
  • Introduction: Reading Text Contextually
  • 1. The Debates on Kokoro: A Cornerstone
    • What Is the Kokoro ronsō?
    • A Structuralist Reading of Kokoro and Its “Naturalness” in the North American Critical Context
    • The Place of the Author: The Reception of Komori’s Article in Japan
    • Who Is the ”Reader” in Reader Response Criticism?
    • Komori Deconstructing Komori
    • As a Point of Departure for Unexplored Territories
  • 2. Obsessed with Inscription: Ibuse Masuji’s Kuroi ame, or (Re)Writing Memories
    • Reading a Historical Narrative as a Performance?
    • Faith in the Authenticity of Written Accounts
    • The Power of Oral Discourse
    • Stationery—The Contextuality of Narration Preserved in Texts
    • Contextuality in the Text, Denied and Sought
    • Well-intended “Censorship”: Yasuko and Absence of Communication
    • Memory Eroded by Narration
    • Old Calendars: Time Recovered
  • 3. Unmaking the Tableau: Natsume Sōseki’s Kusamakura and Gender/Genre Politics
    • Like a Painter, Like a Poet: “I” as Transparent Agent
    • Metaphor Versus Metonymy: The Disciplines of Text Construction
    • Insistence on Integrity, Resistance to Heterogeneity
    • Hierarchizing Literary Genres: Kusamakura as a Meta-Novel
    • From Impersonal “I” to Private “Eye”
    • Subversive Intent: The De-colonization of Nami
    • Becoming a Story?: Conflicting Interpretation of the Picture’s Final Touch
  • 4. Thinking Beauty, Unseeing Scholar: Displaced Narrative Authority in Mori Ōgai’s Gan
    • Reading Gan Through Genette
    • The Authorial Gesture of the Narrator
    • Polyphonic Narrative and Authorial Control
    • Dissolution of Male Comradeship
    • Telling in Order to Erase: Narrative Manipulation
    • The Invisible/Silent Woman and the Man Without Eyes or Ears
  • 5. Doing Things with Words: Acts and Efforts in Tanizaki Jun’ichirō’s Manji
    • The Author as Narratee
    • Female Voice, Male Hand?: An Invisible Dialogue
    • Expectations and Effects of Silence and Confessions
    • Narrative Versions
    • From the Pleasure of Deception to the Agony of Honesty
  • Conclusion: Literature/Criticism as a Speech Act
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index

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