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Introduction: The Glass Doors of Natsume Sōseki

Marvin Marcus

in Reflections in a Glass Door: Memory and Melancholy in the Personal Writings of Natsume Soseki

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833060
eISBN:
9780824871352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833060.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of Natsume Sōseki—his life and works, as well as the literary significance the latter has posed for Japan and the world over. It then argues that ... More


I'll Be Doing the Giving: The Traffic in Women and Men in Gubijinsō

in An Age of Melodrama: Family, Gender, and Social Hierarchy in the Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Novel

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804757775
eISBN:
9780804779623
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804757775.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines the treatment of the issues of marriage and family succession in Natsume Sōseki's Gubijinsō. It explains that this novel focused on themes rooted in contemporary social ... More


The Miracle of Modern Japanese Literature

Minae Mizumura

in The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163026
eISBN:
9780231538541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163026.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the formation and development of Japanese universities in the nineteenth century and their role in the creation of a national literature. It also analyzes the novel, Sanshirō ... More


Reflections in a Glass Door: Memory and Melancholy in the Personal Writings of Natsume Soseki

Marvin Marcus

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833060
eISBN:
9780824871352
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833060.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

Much has been written about Natsume Sōseki (1867–1916), one of Japan's most celebrated writers. Known primarily for his novels, he also published a large and diverse body of short personal writings ... More


Afterword

Marvin Marcus

in Reflections in a Glass Door: Memory and Melancholy in the Personal Writings of Natsume Soseki

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833060
eISBN:
9780824871352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833060.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This concluding chapter presents some personal thoughts on Natsume Sōseki and on the course of this book project, in part mirroring the conventions of the shōhin by splitting these personal insights ... More


Takemura Kazuko: On Friendship and the Queering of American and Japanese Studies

J. Keith Vincent

in Rethinking Japanese Feminisms

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780824866693
eISBN:
9780824876937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824866693.003.0015
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

Takemura Kazuko (1954–2011) was a key figure in feminist studies and queer theory between Japan and the U.S. In her late essay, “The Renaissance of a Discipline,” she asks fundamental questions about ... More


The Song of the Hototogisu

Donald Keene

in The Winter Sun Shines In: A Life of Masaoka Shiki

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164887
eISBN:
9780231535311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164887.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses on Masaoka Shiki’s composition of hokku which was about the hototogisu, the song of this bird sounds like it is coughing blood. On May 9, 1889, Shiki suddenly coughed blood. The ... More


Crafting a Position: Becoming Japanese through the Transnational Encounter

Olga Kanzaki Sooudi

in Japanese New York: Migrant Artists and Self-reinvention on the World Stage

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839413
eISBN:
9780824869090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839413.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines how migrants in New York City craft themselves as Japanese through their creative work and personal identities. More specifically, it considers how Japan—as an idea, an ... More


The Winter Sun Shines In: A Life of Masaoka Shiki

Donald Keene

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164887
eISBN:
9780231535311
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164887.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Rather than resist the vast social and cultural changes sweeping Japan in the nineteenth century, the poet Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902) instead incorporated new Western influences into his country’s ... More


In Place of a Conclusion: Kokoro and the Age of Melodrama

in An Age of Melodrama: Family, Gender, and Social Hierarchy in the Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Novel

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804757775
eISBN:
9780804779623
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804757775.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter argues that Natsume Sōseki's novel Kokoro can be considered as an ending of the melodramatic imagination. It explains that this work invoked melodrama in order to examine it as a ... More


Sketches from Life

Donald Keene

in The Winter Sun Shines In: A Life of Masaoka Shiki

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164887
eISBN:
9780231535311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164887.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses on Masaoka Shiki’s use of shasei (sketching from life) as the guiding principle of his haiku and, later on, his paintings. Shiki wrote poetry while in Matsuyama. At Natsume ... More


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