Mother-tongue In Modern Japanese Literature And Criticism: Toward A New Polylingual Poetics by Takayuki Yokota-MurakamiMother-tongue In Modern Japanese Literature And Criticism: Toward A New Polylingual Poetics by Takayuki Yokota-Murakami

Mother-tongue In Modern Japanese Literature And Criticism: Toward A New Polylingual Poetics

byTakayuki Yokota-Murakami

Hardcover | August 9, 2018

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This book examines how early research on literary activities outside national literatures such as émigré literature or diasporic literature conceived of the loss of 'mother-tongue" as a tragedy, and how it perpetuated the ideology of national language by relying on the dichotomy of native language/foreign language. It transcends these limitations by examining modern Japanese literature and literary criticism through modern philology, the vernacularization movement, and Korean-Japanese literature. Through the insights of recent philosophical/linguistic theories, it reveals the political problems of the notion of "mother-tongue" in literary and linguistic theories and proposes strategies to realize genuinely "exophonic" and "translational" literature beyond the confines of nation. Examining the notion of "mother-tongue" in literature and literary criticism, the author deconstructs the concept and language itself as an apparatus of nation-state in order to imagine alternative literature, genuinely creolized and heterogeneous. Offering a comparative, transnational perspective on the significance of the mother tongue in contemporary literatures, this is a key read for students of modern Japanese literature, language and culture, as well as those interested in theories of translation and bilingualism.

Takayuki Yokota-Murakami (PhD, Princeton) is Associate professor in Comparative Literature at Osaka University, Japan. His publications incldue Don Juan East/West: On the Problematics of Comparative Literature(1998) and the award-winningIro-otoko no kenkyu(2007). He is also the co-editor of the volumePolicing Literary Theory(2017).
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Title:Mother-tongue In Modern Japanese Literature And Criticism: Toward A New Polylingual PoeticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:183 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 2.49 inPublished:August 9, 2018Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9811085110

ISBN - 13:9789811085116

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