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Beyond nation : time, writing, and community in the work of Abe Kōbō

Author: Richard Calichman
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the works of Abe Kobo (1924-93), characters are alienated from themselves and one another. Through a series of close readings, Richard Calichman reveals Abe's message that time and writing destabilize identity but forming communities (and nations) won't recapture a persons sense of wholeness, despite government declarations to the contrary. Calichman argues that Abe's attack on the concept of national affiliation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Kōbō Abe; Abe, Kōbō; Kōbō Abe
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Calichman
ISBN: 9780804797016 0804797013
OCLC Number: 922970865
Description: 275 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Markings in the sand : on Suna no onna --
The time of disturbance : on "Uchinaru henkyo" --
The lure of community in Tanin no kao --
Interventions : of Abe Kōbō.
Responsibility: Richard F. Calichman.

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In the works of Abe Kobo (1924-93), characters are alienated from themselves and one another. Through a series of close readings, Richard Calichman reveals Abe's message that time and writing destabilize identity but forming communities (and nations) won't recapture a persons sense of wholeness, despite government declarations to the contrary. Calichman argues that Abe's attack on the concept of national affiliation has been neglected through his inscription as a writer of Japanese literature. At the same time, the institution of Japan Studies works to tighten the bond between nation-state and individual subject. Beyond Nation thus analyzes the elements of Orientalism, culturalism, and racism that often underlie the appeal to collective Japanese identity.

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"At a time when Abe Kobo's work once again reverberates powerfully within contemporary life, Richard Calichman offers a timely intervention into this author's complex and under-thought oeuvre.But Read more...

 
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