Critical Study of the Novels of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) (Japanese Studies S. No. 22 Annotated edition)

Critical Study of the Novels of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) (Japanese Studies S. No. 22 Annotated edition)

By: William N. Ridgeway (author)Hardback

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This study is a comparative analysis of the major works of Natsume Soseki, which compares Japan's greatest novelist with his contemporaries, his works with influential English novels, his social milieu and literary concerns with Victorians and writers of his day. There being no golden key to unlock the mysteries of Soseki's novels, this critical inquiry uses unexplored categories of analysis- gender, sexuality, the body, and desire-to fathom the depth and breadth of Soseki's fictional world: interpersonal relations, gender roles, gender conflict, the battle of the sexes, love and disease, erotic triangles, love betrayed. Included is an Annotated Bibliography of Soseki scholarship and also a publishing history of the author's works translated into foreign languages.

About Author

Dr. William Ridgeway holds a B.A. in Japanese from UCLA, a M.A. in Asian Studies from Sophia (Tokyo), and a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Ridgeway was a sarariiman (businessman) in Japan for fifteen years. He has recently finished a translation of Natsume Saseki's early novella, Nowaki.


List of Figures Note on the Texts with Synopses Foreword by V. H. Viglielmo Preface Introduction 1. Theorizing Gender, the Body and Desire 2. Reading the Diseased Body: Fissure, Blindness, and The Gaze in Meian 3. Women on Top: Epiphanies in Botchan, Kusamakura, Sanshiro, Sorekara, Meian 4. Erotic Triangles and Homosocial Desire in Gubijinso, Nowaki, Sorekara, Mon, Kojin, Kokoro, Meian 5. The New Woman, The Femme Fatale, Osan/Koharu, Madonna/Whore 6. Modern Love in Meredith and Soseki: The Dissolution of a Marriage 7. Success, Flanerie, and Tairiku ronin (Continental Wanderers) 8. In Conclusion: Matome / Recapitulation Notes Works Cited Annotated Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780773462304
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 255
  • ID: 9780773462304
  • ISBN10: 0773462309
  • edition: Annotated edition

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