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First published in Japan in 1983, this book is now a classic in modern Japanese literary studies. Covering an astonishing range of texts from the Meiji period (1868–1912), it presents sophisticated analyses of the ways that experiments in literary language produced multiple new—and sometimes revolutionary—forms of sensibility and subjectivity. Along the way, Kamei Hideo carries on an extended debate with Western theorists such as Saussure, Bakhtin, and Lotman, as well as with such contemporary Japanese critics as Karatani Kōjin and Noguchi Takehiko.
Transformations of Sensibility deliberately challenges conventional wisdom about the rise of modern literature in Japan and offers highly original close readings of works by such writers as Futabatei Shimei, Tsubouchi Shōyō, Higuchi Ichiyō, and Izumi Kyōka, as well as writers previously ignored by most scholars. It also provides a new critical theorization of the relationship between language and sensibility, one that links the specificity of Meiji literature to broader concerns that transcend the field of Japanese literary studies. Available in English translation for the first time, it includes a new preface by the author and an introduction by the translation editor that explain the theoretical and historical contexts in which the work first appeared.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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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. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Editor’s Introduction: Buried Modernities—The Phenomenological Criticism of Kamei Hideo
  2. pp. vii-xxviii
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  1. Author’s Preface to the English Translation
  2. pp. xxix-lxxii
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  1. 1. The Disappearance of the Non-Person Narrator: Changing Sensibilities in Futabatei Shimei
  2. Brett De Bary
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. The Transformability of Self-Consciousness: Fantasies of Self in the Political Novel
  2. John Mertz
  3. pp. 23-42
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  1. 3. The Captured “I”: Tsubouchi Shōyō and the Doctrine of Success
  2. Leslie Winston
  3. pp. 43-65
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  1. 4. “An Oddball Rich in Dreams”: Mori Ōgai and His Critics
  2. Ayako Kano
  3. pp. 67-85
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  1. 5. The Words of the Other: From Tamenaga Shunsui to Nakae Chōmin
  2. Joseph Essertier
  3. pp. 87-110
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  1. 6. The Structure of Rage: The Polyphonic Fiction of Higuchi Ichiyō
  2. Joshua Young
  3. pp. 111-133
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  1. 7. Shinjū as Misdeed: Love Suicides in Higuchi Ichiyō and Chikamatsu Monzaemon
  2. Lewis Harrington
  3. pp. 135-158
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  1. 8. The Burdens of Ethicality: Izumi Kyōka and the Emergence of the Split Subject
  2. Joseph Murphy
  3. pp. 159-182
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  1. 9. The Self-Destructing World of Significance: Inner Speech in Izumi Kyōka and Hirotsu Ryūrō
  2. Robert Steen, Michael Bourdaghs
  3. pp. 183-202
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  1. 10. The Demon of Katagi: Possession and Character in Kōda Rohan
  2. Michael Bourdaghs
  3. pp. 203-227
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  1. 11. Discrimination and the Crisis of Seeing: Prejudices of Landscape in Shimazaki Tōson, Masaoka Shiki, and Uchimura Kanzō
  2. Antonia Saxon
  3. pp. 229-254
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  1. 12. Until the Disciplining of Nature: Travel Writing at Home and Abroad
  2. Michael Bourdaghs
  3. pp. 255-287
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  1. Afterword to the Japanese Edition (1983)
  2. Michael Bourdaghs
  3. pp. 289-291
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-300
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  1. Series List
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ISBN
9780472901425
Related ISBN(s)
9780472038046, 9780472127474, 9781929280124
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OCLC
1184509408
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-01
Language
English
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