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Japanese/Comparative Literature



William E. Naff

The many vicissitudes of political relationships between China and Japan during the past century should not be permitted to obscure, and may in fact be partially illuminated by, the vast range of uniquely interesting comparative problems that they offer. Some samples of those problems might include:

Although these and related questions are all important, I have no more than very tentative answers to any of them and none at all to some. Any progress that can be made toward such answers would not only be of great interest in itself but of immense importance to those of us in the seminar who will be approaching modern Japanese fiction from other directions.

Some Historical References

Irokawa Daikichi (Marius Jansen, ed.) The Culture of the Meiji Period. Princeton University Press, 1985.

Jansen, Marius B. Japan and China from War to Peace 1894-1972. Chicago: Rand McNally College Publishing Company, 1975.

Pollack David. The Fracture of Meaning: Japan's Synthesis of China from the Eighth through the Eighteenth Centuries. Princeton University Press, 1986.

Some Bibliographical Suggestions

Banfield, Ann. Unspeakable Sentences: Narration and Representation in the Language of Fiction. Boston: Rutledge and Kegan, Paul, 1982.

Barthes, Roland. tr. Richard Howard. The Empire of Signs. New York: Hill & Wang, 1982 (L'empire des Signes. GenÅve: Editions d'Art Albert Skira S.A. 1970)

_____ : tr. Annet Lavers and Colin Smith.Writing Degree Zero. New York: Hill and Wang, 1968.

_____. : tr. Stephen Heath. Image, Music, Text. New York: Hill and Wang, 1977.

Bowring, Richard John. Mori Ogai and the Modernization of Japanese Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979.

Cohn, Dorrit. Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978.

Eco Umberto . The Role of the Reader : Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979.

Field, Norma, The Splendor of Longing in The Tale of Genji. Princeton University Press, 1987.

Fowler, Edward. The Rhetoric of Confession: Shisösetsu in Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Fiction. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Gessell, Van G. The Sting of Life: Four Contemporary Japanese Novelists. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.

Hibbett, Howard. "The Portrait of the Artist in Japanese Fiction." Far Eastern Quarterly 14 (May, 1955): 347-54.

Hutcheon Linda. Narcissistic Literature: The Metafictional Paradox. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1980.

Keene, Dennis. Yokomitsu Riichi: Modernist. New York: Columbia University Press, 1980.

Kellman, Stephen G. The Self-Begetting Novel. New York: Columbia University Press, 1980

Kinmouth Richard . The Self-made Man in Meiji Japanese Thought: From Samurai to Salary Man. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981.

Kuroda, S. Y. "Reflections on the Foundations of Narrative Theory from a Linguistic Point of View," In Teun A. van Dijk, ed., Pragmatics of Language and Literature, 107-40. Amsterdam: North-Holland Publishing Co. 1976. (Also in The (W)hole of the Doughnut, 185-203.)

_____ : "Where Epistomology, Style, and Grammar Meet: A Case Study from Japanese." In Stephen R. Anderson and Paul Kiparsky, eds. A Festschrift for Morrise Halle, 377-91. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973. (Also in The (W)hole of the Doughnut, 205-21.)

_____ : The (W)hole of the Doughnut: Syntax and its Boundaries. Ghent: E. Story-Scientifica P.V.B.A., 1979.

LaFleur, William . The Karma of Words: Buddhism and the Literary Arts in Medieval Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.

Miyoshi Masao. Accomplices of Silence: The Modern Japanese Novel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974.

_____ : "Against the Native Grain: Reading the Japanese Novel in America." In Critical Issues in East Asian Literature: Report on an International Conference on East Asian Literature, 221-48. Seoul: International Cultural Society of Korea, 1983.

Morris, Mark . "Sei Shönagon's Poetic Categories." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 40 (June, 1980): 5-54.

Peyre, Henri. Literature and Sincerity. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1963.

Pyle, Kenneth. The New Generation in Meiji Japan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1969.

Rimer, J. Thomas. Modern Japanese Fiction and Its Traditions An Introduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978.

Rubin, Jay. Injurious to Public Morals: Writers and the Meiji State. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1984.

Said Edward W. Beginnings: Intention and Method. New York: Basic Books, 1975.

Shirane, Haruo. The Floating Bridge of Dreams. Stanford, 1987.

Strong, Kenneth L. "Downgrading the 'Kindai Jiga': Reflections on Töson's Hakai and Subsequent Trends in Modern Literature." In Japan P.E.N. Club, ed., Studies in Japanese Culture 1: 406-11. Tokyo: P.E.N. Club, 1973.

Thornbury, Barbara E. Sukeroku's Double Identity: The Dramatic Sructure of Edo Kabuki. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, 1982.

Todorov, Tzvetan . Tr. Richard Howard. The Poetics of Prose. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977.

Walker, Janet A. The Japanese Novel of the Meiji Period and the Ideal of Individualism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979.

Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: University of California press, 1957.

Waugh, Patricia. Metafiction: The Theory and Practice of Self-conscious Fiction. London: Methuen, 1984.

White, Hayden. "Fictions of Factual Representation." In Topics of Discourse, 121-34. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978.

Wilson, Michiko Niikuni. The Marginal World of Oe Kenzaburö: A Study in Themes and Techniques. London: Shapr, 1986

White, Hayden. Metahistory. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973.

Yourcenar, Marguerite. Alberto Manguel, tr. Mishima, A Vision of the Void. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Company, 1986 (Mishima ou la vision du vide. Paris: Editions Gallimard, 1980.)

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