Japanese Writers and the West

Authors: Okada, S.

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This book concludes Sumie Okada's trilogy concerning cultural relationships between Japan and the West. This volume discusses six Japanese authors (Soseki, Mishima, Akiko Yosano, Hiroshi Yosano, Endo and Murakami), analysing the encounter between their traditional Japanese group-consciousness and western individualism. It also covers Endo's student days in Lyon, and his relationship with the humanist Françoise Pastre, appending a moving account by her sister Geneviève.

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SUMIE OKADA is the author of Edmund Blunden and Japan (published in 1988, the Japanese version of which appeared in 1995) and Western Writers in Japan (1999). She has taught at several universities in Japan, and lectured on Japanese culture in Cambridge, UK. Having studied at Oxford University as a Recognised Student under Professor John Bayley and also under the late Professor Ellman, she received an MLit degree from Cambridge University in 1985. She was also an Arthur Prowse Research Fellow at Durham University in 1991, and is now Professor of English at the Immaculate Heart University in Kagoshima, Japan, while doing research based in Cambridge during vacations.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-8

    Okada, Sumie

  • ‘Failed Individualism’ Observed in Japan: the Novels of Soseki Natsume (1867–1916)

    Pages 9-29

    Okada, Sumie

  • The Visit by Hiroshi Yosano (1873–1935) and Akiko Yosano (1878–1942) to France and England in 1912

    Pages 31-49

    Okada, Sumie

  • Yukio Mishima (1925–70): His Love of Idiosyncracy and of ‘Failed Groupism’, in Parallel with His Romantic Escape into the Freedom of the Sea, Observed in his Work

    Pages 51-60

    Okada, Sumie

  • Traces of a Different Sort of ‘Groupism’ in

    Pages 61-73

    Okada, Sumie

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Japanese Writers and the West
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Sumie Okada
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-59650-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230596504
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-74310-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-41010-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 216
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