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The 1970s and 1980s saw a revolution in Japanese literary criticism. A new generation of scholars and critics, many of them veterans of 1960s political activism, arose in revolt against the largely positivistic methodologies that had hitherto dominated postwar literary studies. Creatively refashioning approaches taken from the field of linguistics, the new scholarship challenged orthodox interpretations, often introducing new methodologies in the process: structuralism, semiotics, and phenomenological linguistics, among others. The radical changes introduced then continue to reverberate today, shaping the way Japanese literature is studied both at home and abroad.
The Linguistic Turn in Contemporary Japanese Literary Studies is the first critical study of this revolution to appear in English. It includes translations of landmark essays published in the 1970s and 1980s by such influential figures as Noguchi Takehiko, Kamei Hideo, Mitani Kuniaki, and Hirata Yumi. It also collects nine new essays that reflect critically on the emergence of linguistics-based literary criticism and theory in Japan, exploring both the novel possibilities such theory created and the shortcomings that could not be overcome. Scholars from a variety of disciplines and fields probe the political and intellectual implications of this transformation and explore the exciting new pathways it opened up for the study of modern Japanese literature.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. p. i
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part 1 Pieces of the Linguistic Turn: Translations
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  1. 1 Flowers with a Very Human Name: One Kokugaku Scholar Pursues the Truth about the Mysterious Death of Yūgao
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  1. 2 The Embodied Self
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  1. 3 The Narrative Apparatus of Modern Literature: The Shifting “Standpoint” of Early Meiji Writers
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  1. 4 Introduction to the Discourse of the Modern Novel: “Time” in the Novel and Literary Language
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  1. Part 2 Theories and Politics of Language
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  1. 5 Kokugogaku versus Gengogaku: Language Process Theory and Tokieda’s Construction of Saussure Sixty Years Later
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  1. 6 Theories of Language in the Academic Field of Philosophy: Japan in the 1970s
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  1. 7 Tactics of the Universal: “Language” in Yoshimoto Takaaki
  2. pp. 159-174
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  1. 8 Narration and Revolution: An Invitation to the Writings of Kobayashi Takiji
  2. pp. 175-208
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  1. Part 3 Rethinking Meiji Literature
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  1. 9 The Age of the Prize Contest Novel
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  1. 10 The Politics of Canon Formation and Writing Style: A Linguistic Analysis of Kojin no kigū
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  1. 11 Elegance, Propriety, and Power in the “Modernization” of Literary Language in Meiji Japan
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  1. 12 The Voice of Sex and the Sex of Voice in Higuchi Ichiyō and Shimizu Shikin
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901432
Related ISBN
9781929280605
MARC Record
OCLC
1184511842
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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