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By Susan J. Napier

The glorious in glossy jap Literature explores the darkish aspect of eastern Literature the place sleek Japan's repressed anxieties, fears and hopes come to the skin. a detailed research of fable, fiction, movie and comics finds the ambivilance felt by means of many jap in the direction of the luck tale of the kingdom within the 20th century
A wide selection of fantasies, many mentioned the following for the 1st time in English, shape the root for a ground-breaking research of utopias, dystopias, and the stressful courting among girls, sexuality and modernity, and the position of the alien within the marvelous. the glorious in sleek eastern Literature introduces the extreme diversity of Japanes fable and explores the position of delusion as a cross-cultural style.

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Through its Western female characters it instructs its readers to respect the traditions of Japan, lest it, too, be overrun by foreigners, as was the case with Ireland and England. Furthermore, by using one of the stock images of modernization (and one that was used frequently in mimetic fiction), the young Japanese male wandering the West in search of enlightenment, it enforces a conservative message. Kajin no kigū may thus be seen as heralding a new unease with modernity, an unease that was growing throughout Japanese society.

Swinfen, 1984, pp. 10–11). 18 Although Izumi is the family name, I will follow Japanese convention and refer to him by his pen name, Kyōka, throughout the discussion. Alexander, 1990,p. 13. 20 Not just fiction but the entire profession of literary criticism was essentially a Western import. Miyoshi, 1991, p. 17). Fiction has had an important ideological function in the West as well. Schulte-Sasse, 1988, p. 209). Zamora, 1994, p. 33. Gluck, 1985. See especially p. Moylan, 1986, p. 25. Fowler, 1988, p.

138–139, my translation) Kōya hijiri ends with the now aged monk telling his fellow traveller this discovery of the woman’s true character and his gratitude for his lucky escape. Judging by the first narrator’s description of the elderly monk as a distinguished priest, uninterested in mundane matters, it would seem that the priest’s younger self has been largely put behind him. He has confronted and overcome the leeches and serpents of suppressed sexuality and he has avoided throwing himself into the reasonannihilating waterfall.

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