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Murakami Haruki : the simulacrum in contemporary Japanese culture

Author: Michael Seats
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, 2009, ©2006.
Series: Studies of modern Japan.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This book offers a philosophical intervention in the discussion of the relationship between Murakami's fiction and contemporary Japanese culture. It demonstrates how Murakami's first and later trilogies utilize the structure of the simulacrum, a second-order representation, to develop a complex critique of contemporary Japanese culture. By outlining the critical-fictional contours of the 'Murakami Phenomenon,' the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Haruki Murakami; Haruki Murakami; Haruki Murakami
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Seats
ISBN: 073912725X 9780739127254
OCLC Number: 213401075
Description: xviii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part 1 Part I: Theoretical Preliminaries Chapter 2 The Murakami Phenomenon: Critical/Fictional Thematics Chapter 3 Simulacral Structures: Modernity, the Global and the Idea of the Japanese Novel Chapter 4 The Theory of the Simulacrum:Trajectories and Limits Part 5 Part II: The Critique of Orthodoxy 6 Parody, Pastiche, Metafiction: Hear the Wind Sing 7 Allegory as Modality:Pinball, 1973 8 Alleory as Landscape: A Wild Sheep Chase 9 Part III: The Return of the Referent 10 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Contexts 11 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Subject and Text 12 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Stories 13 Conclusion: From Simulacrum to Differend
Series Title: Studies of modern Japan.
Responsibility: Michael Seats.

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