Historical and Cultural Interconnections between Latin America and Asia

The Poetic Artistry of José Watanabe

Separating the Craft from the Discourse

Authors: Muth, Randy Timothy, López-Pasarín Basabe, Alfredo, Mato, Shigeko

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  • Argues Watanabe’s poetry’s unique quality is an artistic ability to manipulate language
  • Addresses Watanabe’s use of literary devices and artistic manipulation of language
  • Explores the social construct of “Japaneseness” in discourse on the Watanabe and his Asian ancestry
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Connecting multiple academic areas, this book addresses three aspects of the poetry of José Watanabe: 1) the construction of "Japaneseness" in the poetic works and public figure of the poet, 2) the skillful manipulation of literary devices characteristic of his poetry, 3) the unique sensibilities and moods of ephemerality and ineffableness prevalent in his poetic works. The trans/interdisciplinary nature of the book intends to promote a dialogue and exchange of ideas across academic fields neglected in most studies on the Peruvian poet. Written by researchers based in Japan, it offers a unique perspective of Japanese cultural phenomenon unavailable in previous studies. The goal of the book is to shed light on how Japan continues to be seen by the West through essentialist notions and stereotypical representations, as well as to highlight the fact that the literary quality of Watanabe’s poetic artistry does not reside in it being “Japanese” and can be appreciated without resorting to essentialist categorizations based on positive Japanese stereotypes.

About the authors

Randy Muth (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Language and Culture at Kio University in Nara, Japan, where he has resided since 1994. His published works include numerous books and articles on José Watanabe. His research interests include Latin American and Japanese Literatures, literature and identity and Narrative Theory. He is author of José Watanabe: el ojo que nos descubre (2009)

Alfredo López-Pasarín Basabe (Ph.D.) is Professor in the School of Politics and Economic Sciences at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, where he has resided since 1989. He is the author of numerous works on contemporary Spanish poetry, especially on the Generation of ‘50. His most important work is Theory and Practice of the Analysis of Poetic texts (2016).

Shigeko Mato (Ph.D.)  is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture at the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Japan. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on contemporary Japanese Peruvian literature. She is the author of Las voces que entrecruzan el Perú y Japón (2021).

Table of contents (3 chapters)

Table of contents (3 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Poetic Artistry of José Watanabe
Book Subtitle
Separating the Craft from the Discourse
Authors
Series Title
Historical and Cultural Interconnections between Latin America and Asia
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-81615-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-81615-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-81614-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 173
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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