Hermeneutics of Evil in the Works of Endō Shūsaku: Between Reading and Writing by Justyna Weronika KaszaHermeneutics of Evil in the Works of Endō Shūsaku: Between Reading and Writing by Justyna Weronika Kasza

Hermeneutics of Evil in the Works of Endō Shūsaku: Between Reading and Writing

byJustyna Weronika Kasza

Paperback | March 28, 2016

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Evil is a salient component of Endo Shusaku’s writing. Questions surrounding evil haunted the writer as a student of French literature, having discovered the works of Western authors like François Mauriac and Georges Bernanos. It is around the problem of evil that Endo would create his most renowned novels and the cross-cultural dimensions of the questions he posed on the nature of evil would make him one of the most widely translated Japanese authors.
This study offers new insight into the intellectual and artistic development of the author by focusing on a lesser known yet significant body of work: his essays and critical texts. The book is, on the one hand, an attempt to follow the path of thinking delineated by Endo Shusaku himself and, on the other, a methodological approach to literary studies based on the application of selected categories of Paul Ricœur’s hermeneutics. Thus, the book accentuates the problem of subjectivity and personhood in Endo’s works, ultimately exploring the question, Who is the one who asks about evil?
Justyna Weronika Kasza is a researcher in Japanese language, literature and culture. She was previously based at the University of Central Lancashire from 2011 to 2015, where she taught Japanese language and culture. She received support from the Japan Foundation Doctoral Scheme (2008–2009) at the Sophia University in Tokyo and the Gre...
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Title:Hermeneutics of Evil in the Works of Endō Shūsaku: Between Reading and WritingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.9 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:March 28, 2016Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034318391

ISBN - 13:9783034318396

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Contents: Paul Ricœur’s Hermeneutics of Evil – Endo Shusaku and his Encounter with the West – From Critic to Novelist: Towards the Problem of Evil – The Writer’s Cogito: Evil as the Central Problem – The Enigma of Suffering in Deep River (1993).