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Author Thelle, Anne Helene, author

Title Negotiating identity : Nakagami Kenji's Kiseki and the power of the tale / Anne Helene Thelle
Published Munich, Germany : Iudicium Verlag GmbH, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (247 pages)
Series Iaponia Insula ; Band 23
Iaponia insula ; Bd. 23
Contents Cover; Title; Imprint; Table of Contents; Preface; Introduction; 1. The ""Miraculous"" story of Taichi -- a short summary; 2. Nakagami Kenji -- A Burakumin Writer; Literature and the Burakumin; 3. Critical Reception; From Nostalgic Returns to Innovative Rebellion; Towards a More Nuanced Approach; 4. The Monogatari and the Novel; The Classical Monogatari Tale; The Monogatari in Nakagami Criticism; 5. The Dialogic Nature of the Novel; Parody, the Novel, and Kiseki; Polyglossia and Polyglot Texts; 6. Theoretical Considerations; 7. Outline of Study; One: The Making of Myth
1. Taichi -- An Ordinary Hero?2. The Roji -- A Mythic Landscape?; Originary Myths, a Definition; The Lotus Pond; Nature and the Myth of "Japan"; The Roji as an Imagined Community; 3. Kiseki -- A tale of Nostalgic Origins?; The Monogatari and Nostalgic Yearning; Evocations of the Monogatari in the Text's Oral Features; Evocations of the Monogatari in the Text's Formal Features; Thematic Evocations of the Monogatari; Two: The Dismantling of Myth; 1. The Narrative Perspective; Between Sanity and Insanity; Who Speaks? Who Sees?; 2. Narrative Time and Narrative Space; Memory and Narrative Time
Kiseki and Buraku Myths of Origin2. Inversion of Power Structures: The Emperor and the Burakumin; Emperor = Burakumin; Resistance Through Language; On Death and Endings; 3. Oryu''s Celebratory Voice; Oryū's Story -- Her-story or His-story?; The Violence of the Tale; The Ikuo-chapter Revisited; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Narrative Place, the Significance of the Asylum3. Mythic Imagery Falls Apart; Oryū and Reijo, Disbelieving Believers; Taichi -- The Mythic Hero Dismantled; Nature and National Origins: Another Construct Exposed; 4. Akiyuki Intrudes: The ""Ikuo Gaiden""; The Story of Ikuo; How the Ikuo Chapter Stands Out; Ikuo and the Akiyuki Trilogy; Consequences of the Crossing of Tales; Three: The Results of the Telling, Or: The Power of the Tale; 1. Literary Construct and the Perpetuation of Discrimination; Historical Shaping Forces -- Myth and Reality; Literary Markers of the Other in Kiseki
Summary Nakagami Kenji is today regarded as one of the most important and influential Japanese post-war writers. Born in 1946 in the burakumin ghetto of the small coastal town of Shingu in southern Wakayama prefecture, Nakagami sailed up as a rising star on the literary skies in the mid-seventies when he became the first writer born after the Second World War to win the prestigious Akutagawa prize. He was also the first writer of the burakumin background to receive wide literary acclaim and recognition from critics and from the literary establishment. The reception of Nakagami's literature
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed August 31, 2014)
Subject German literature -- History and criticism -- 20th century.
German literature -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3862059103 (e-book)
9783862059102 (e-book)