Japanese Writers and the West

Hardcover | October 17, 2003

bySumie Okada

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This book concludes Sumie Okada's trilogy concerning cultural relationships between Japan and the West. This volume discusses six Japanese authors (Soseki, Mishima, Akiko Yosano, Hiroshi Yosano, Endo and Murakami), analyzing the encounter between their traditional Japanese group-consciousness and western individualism. It also covers Endo's student days in Lyon, and his relationship with the humanist Françoise Pastre, appending a moving account by her sister Geneviève.

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This book concludes Sumie Okada's trilogy concerning cultural relationships between Japan and the West. This volume discusses six Japanese authors (Soseki, Mishima, Akiko Yosano, Hiroshi Yosano, Endo and Murakami), analyzing the encounter between their traditional Japanese group-consciousness and western individualism. It also covers E...

Sumie Okada is Associate Professor of English, Immaculate Heart University, Kagoshim, Japan.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.8 × 5.64 × 0.74 inPublished:October 17, 2003Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333743105

ISBN - 13:9780333743102

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Contents * Acknowledgements * Introduction * 'Failed individualism' observed in Japan: The Novels of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) * The trip of Hiroshi (1873-1935) and Akiko Yosano (1878-1942) to France and England in 1928 * Yukio Mishima (1925-1970): His love of idiosyncrasy and of 'failed groupism', in parallel with his romantic escape into the freedom of the sea, observed in his work The Golden Pavilion * Traces of a different sort of 'groupism' in Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (b. 1949) * Shusaku Endo (1923-1996): His Japanese context and its importance in the analysis of his relationship with Françoise Pastre (1930-1971) * Geneviève Pastre's article on her sister Françoise * Appendix 1: Geneviève Pastre's article on her sister Françoise * The original French text * Appendix 2: Geneviève Pastre's article on her sister Françoise * An English translation * Epilogue * Index