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Mother-Tongue in Modern Japanese Literature and Criticism

Toward a New Polylingual Poetics

Authors: Yokota-Murakami, Takayuki

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  • Examines the notion of “mother-tongue” in Japanese literature and literary criticism
  • Considers modern Japanese literature and literary criticism through modern philology, the vernacularization movement, and Korean-Japanese literature
  • Reveals the political problems of the notion of “mother-tongue” in literary and linguistic theories
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This book examines how early research on literary activities outside national literatures such as émigré literature or diasporic literature conceived of the loss of ‘mother-tongue” as a tragedy, and how it perpetuated the ideology of national language by relying on the dichotomy of native language/foreign language. It transcends these limitations by examining modern Japanese literature and literary criticism through modern philology, the vernacularization movement, and Korean-Japanese literature. Through the insights of recent philosophical/linguistic theories, it reveals the political problems of the notion of “mother-tongue” in literary and linguistic theories and proposes strategies to realize genuinely “exophonic” and “translational” literature beyond the confines of nation. Examining the notion of “mother-tongue” in literature and literary criticism, the author deconstructs the concept and language itself as an apparatus of nation-state in order to imagine alternative literature, genuinely creolized and heterogeneous. Offering a comparative, transnational perspective on the significance of the mother tongue in contemporary literatures, this is a key read for students of modern Japanese literature, language and culture, as well as those interested in theories of translation and bilingualism.

About the authors

Takayuki Yokota-Murakami (PhD, Princeton) is Associate professor in Comparative Literature at Osaka University, Japan. His publications incldue Don Juan East/West: On the Problematics of Comparative Literature (1998) and the award-winning Iro-otoko no kenkyu (2007). He is also the co-editor of the volume Policing Literary Theory (2017).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Theoretical Presumptions and Comparative Perspective

    Yokota-Murakami, Takayuki

    Pages 1-27

  • “Mother-Tongue” and the Formulation of the National Language in Meiji Linguistics

    Yokota-Murakami, Takayuki

    Pages 29-53

  • Gembun-itchi Movement: The Creation of a Linguistic State Apparatus

    Yokota-Murakami, Takayuki

    Pages 55-78

  • Korean-Japanese Writers and the Redefinition of Bokoku-go

    Yokota-Murakami, Takayuki

    Pages 79-99

  • Dialectal Literature as Bilingual Literature

    Yokota-Murakami, Takayuki

    Pages 101-114

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eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-8512-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-8511-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mother-Tongue in Modern Japanese Literature and Criticism
Book Subtitle
Toward a New Polylingual Poetics
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-8512-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-8512-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-8511-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 183
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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