Abstract

Abstract:

Mori Ōgai's short story "Maihime" (The dancing girl, 1890) is arguably one of the most read texts of modern Japanese literature, yet a debate between the author and his contemporary Ishibashi Ningetsu remains understudied. Divulging the permeable relationship between critical language and literary writing, this debate offered a crucial site in which the field of literature was cultivated. In addition, the writers' missives engendered a moment that digressed from the historical context within which they were encapsulated. This essay provides a reading of that moment and meditates upon the intricate process of literature's production.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1549-4721
Print ISSN
0095-6848
Pages
pp. 345-368
Launched on MUSE
2020-08-06
Open Access
No
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