Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 454
Release: 2005
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kafka on the Shore Book Excerpt:

An unlikely alliance forms between Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old runaway, and the aging Nakata, a man who has never recovered from a wartime affliction, as they embark on a surreal odyssey through a strange, fantastical world.

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy
Author: Jonathan Dil
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2022-02-24
ISBN: 1350270555
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami and the Search for Self Therapy Book Excerpt:

Haruki Murakami, a global literary phenomenon, has said that he started writing fiction as a means of self-therapy. What he has not discussed as much is what he needed self-therapy for. This book argues that by understanding more about why Murakami writes, and by linking this with the question of how he writes, readers can better understand what he writes. Murakami's fiction, in other words, can be read as a search for self-therapy. In five chapters which explore Murakami's fourteen novels to date, this book argues that there are four prominent therapeutic threads woven through Murakami's fiction that can be traced back to his personal traumas - most notably Murakami's falling out with his late father and the death of a former girlfriend – and which have also transcended them in significant ways as they have been transformed into literary fiction. The first thread looks at the way melancholia must be worked through for mourning to occur and healing to happen; the second thread looks at how symbolic acts of sacrifice can help to heal intergenerational trauma; the third thread looks at the way people with avoidant attachment styles can begin to open themselves up to love again; the fourth thread looks at how individuation can manifest as a response to nihilism. Meticulously researched and written with sensitivity, the result is a sophisticated exploration of Murakami's published novels as an evolving therapeutic project that will be of great value to all scholars of Japanese literature and culture.

Literature of the Global Age

Literature of the Global Age
Author: Maurizio Ascari
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2014-01-10
ISBN: 0786485353
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Literature of the Global Age Book Excerpt:

In an age of world citizenship, literary scholarship is focusing increasingly on texts which communicate effectively over cultural lines. Advocating a planetary approach to contemporary literature, this critical text examines eight novels from eight cultures. The writers discussed are Julian Barnes, Magda Szabo, Abraham B. Yehoshua, Ian McEwan, W.G. Sebald, Murakami Haruki, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Azar Nafisi. Focusing on the authors’ encouragement to meditate on life’s most pressing issues, the essays here invite us to reevaluate postmodernism as a current category.

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami Book Analysis

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami  Book Analysis
Author: Bright Summaries
Publsiher: BrightSummaries.com
Total Pages: 21
Release: 2019-04-08
ISBN: 2808018630
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami Book Analysis Book Excerpt:

Unlock the more straightforward side of Kafka on the Shore with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, which tells the story of 15-year-old Kafka as he runs away from home to escape from his famous sculptor father and search for his mother and sister. In parallel, Nakata, who was involved in a mysterious accident as a child that left him unable to read and write, but with the newfound ability to talk to cats, embarks on a similar voyage across the country. Unbeknownst to them, the two men are linked by a bloody murder, and they both become embroiled in a series of bizarre events that change the way they see the world. The novel showcases Murakami’s signature blend of surrealist, dreamlike storytelling and close attention to real-world detail, and it remains among his best-known works. Find out everything you need to know about Kafka on the Shore in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Writing Journeys Across Cultural Borders

Writing Journeys Across Cultural Borders
Author: Elena V. Shabliy,Kimarie Engerman
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2021-10-13
ISBN: 1666900354
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing Journeys Across Cultural Borders Book Excerpt:

This book identifies, through an interdisciplinary lens, literary works that treat the theme of the journey from multiple angles: religious, psychological, psychoanalytical, philosophical, educational, and historical.

Oedipus at Colonus

Oedipus at Colonus
Author: Andreas Markantonatos
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter
Total Pages: 378
Release: 2007
ISBN: 9783110193268
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Oedipus at Colonus Book Excerpt:

Annotation This is the first study of Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus which offers a lucid discussion of the main developments in the interpretative scholarship on the play, including among others an incisive analysis of its historical, social, mythical, intertextual, and performative contexts.

Landscapes of Realism

Landscapes of Realism
Author: Dirk Göttsche,Rosa Mucignat,Robert Weninger
Publsiher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Total Pages: 814
Release: 2021-04-15
ISBN: 9027260362
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Landscapes of Realism Book Excerpt:

Few literary phenomena are as elusive and yet as persistent as realism. While it responds to the perennial impulse to use literature to reflect on experience, it also designates a specific set of literary and artistic practices that emerged in response to Western modernity. Landscapes of Realism is a two-volume collaborative interdisciplinary exploration of this vast territory, bringing together leading-edge new criticism on the realist paradigms that were first articulated in nineteenth-century Europe but have since gone on globally to transform the literary landscape. Tracing the manifold ways in which these paradigms are developed, discussed and contested across time, space, cultures and media, this first volume tackles in its five core essays and twenty-five case studies such questions as why realism emerged when it did, why and how it developed such a transformative dynamic across languages, to what extent realist poetics remain central to art and popular culture after 1900, and how generally to reassess realism from a twenty-first-century comparative perspective.

Shaping the Field of Translation In Japanese Turkish Contexts I

Shaping the Field of Translation In Japanese     Turkish Contexts I
Author: Esin ESEN,Ryō Miyashita
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2019-05-31
ISBN: 3631789254
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shaping the Field of Translation In Japanese Turkish Contexts I Book Excerpt:

The academic discipline of translation studies is only half a century old and even younger in the field of bilateral translation between Japanese and Turkish. This book is the first volume of the world’s first academic book on Turkish↔Japanese translation. While this volume gathered discussions on translation studies with theoric and applied aspects, literature, linguistics, and philosophy, the second volume deals with the history of translation, philosophy, culture education, language education, and law. It also covers the translation of historical materials and divan poetry. These books will be the first steps to discuss and develop various aspects of the field. Such compilation brings together experienced and young Turkology and Japanology scholars as well as academics linked to translation studies and translation, and also translators. Both volumes contain 24 essays written by twenty-two writers from Japan, Turkey, USA and China. Introduction by Judy WAKABAYASHI, Special notes by Turgay KURULTAY, Esin ESEN, Ryō MIYASHITA, Devrim Çetin GÜVEN, İbrahim Soner ÖZDEMİR, Keichirō ISHII, Nuray AKDEMİR, Ruosheng Sun, Ayşegül ATAY, Ayşe AĞRIŞ

Before Identity

Before Identity
Author: Richard F. Calichman
Publsiher: State University of New York Press
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2021-02-01
ISBN: 1438482159
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Before Identity Book Excerpt:

Aims to introduce a greater degree of theoretical rigor to the discipline of Japan studies as a whole Before Identity represents the first attempt to provide a comprehensive examination of the methodological ground of Japan studies. At its most basic level, the field presupposes the immediate empirical existence of an entity known as the "Japanese people" or "Japanese culture," from which it then carves out its various objects of inquiry. Richard F. Calichman attempts to show that this presupposition is itself ineluctably bound up with modern forms of knowledge formation, thereby enlarging the scope of what is meant by modernity. In this way, he aims to bring about a heightened level of theoretical-critical vigilance in the field. Calichman explores the methodological commitments implied or expressed in the work of a range of writers and scholars—Murakami Haruki, Komori Yōichi, Harry Harootunian, Tomi Suzuki, Alan Tansman, and Dennis Washburn—and how such commitments have shaped and limited the field. If theoretical issues in Japan studies are not subjected to this sort of in-depth scrutiny, Calichman argues, then the field will continue to remain ghettoized relative to other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, which have typically been more receptive to conceptual discourse. By showing that scholarly inquiry must begin not at the level of the object but rather at the more fundamental level of methodology, Calichman aims to introduce a greater degree of theoretical rigor to the discipline of Japan studies as a whole. Richard F. Calichman is Professor of Japan Studies at the City College of New York, City University of New York. He is the author, translator, and editor of several books, including Contemporary Japanese Thought.

Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions

Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions
Author: Kwai-Cheung Lo
Publsiher: State University of New York Press
Total Pages: 259
Release: 2010-08-04
ISBN: 1438432100
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions Book Excerpt:

Innovative analysis of the relationship of gender to East Asian economic development.

Cat

Cat
Author: Katharine M. Rogers
Publsiher: Reaktion Books
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2006-12-27
ISBN: 9781861892928
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cat Book Excerpt:

An entertaining look at the cat, one of the most popular pets in the world.

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami
Author: Chikako Nihei
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2019-06-13
ISBN: 1000021181
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami Book Excerpt:

Haruki Murakami: Storytelling and Productive Distance studies the evolution of the monogatari, or narrative and storytelling in the works of Haruki Murakami. Author Chikako Nihei argues that Murakami’s power of monogatari lies in his use of distancing effects; storytelling allows individuals to "cross" into a different context, through which they can effectively observe themselves and reality. His belief in the importance of monogatari is closely linked to his generation’s experience of the counter-­‐‐culture movement in the late1960s and his research on the 1995 Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack caused by the Aum shinrikyo cult, major events in postwar Japan that revealed many people’s desire for a stable narrative to interact with and form their identity from.

The Cultural Complex

The Cultural Complex
Author: Thomas Singer,Samuel L. Kimbles
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2004
ISBN: 9781583919132
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cultural Complex Book Excerpt:

Based on Jung's theory of complexes, this book offers a new perspective on the psychological nature of conflicts between groups and cultures by introducing the concept of the cultural complex. This modern version of Jung's idea offers an original view of the forces that prevent human attempts to bring a peaceful, collaborative spirit to conflict between groups. The Cultural Complex represents a valuable contribution to analytical psychology and will undoubtedly also stimulate dialogue in the fields of sociology, political science and cultural studies.

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami
Author: Mark Mussari
Publsiher: Marshall Cavendish
Total Pages: 132
Release: 2011
ISBN: 9780761441243
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Haruki Murakami Book Excerpt:

Readers of the books in Todays Writers and Their Works will learn the story behind each writers story.

Kafka After Kafka

Kafka After Kafka
Author: Iris Bruce,Mark H. Gelber
Publsiher: Studies in German Literature L
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2019
ISBN: 1571139818
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kafka After Kafka Book Excerpt:

New essays providing an up-to-date picture of the engagement of artists, philosophers, and critics with Kafka's work.

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka
Author: Stanley Corngold,Benno Wagner
Publsiher: Northwestern University Press
Total Pages: 297
Release: 2011-08-30
ISBN: 0810127695
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Franz Kafka Book Excerpt:

Noting Franz Kafka's occupation as an industrial-accident-insurance specialist, the authors explore the two main systems at work in the author's literary world--the official and the personal.

Franz Kafka and Chinese Culture

Franz Kafka and Chinese Culture
Author: Yanbing Zeng
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 241
Release: 2022-10-20
ISBN: 9811926042
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Franz Kafka and Chinese Culture Book Excerpt:

This book conducts a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of Franz Kafka’s relation to China. Commencing with an examination of the myriad Chinese cultural influences to which Kafka was exposed, it goes on to explore the ways in which they manifest themselves in canonical stories, such as Description of A Struggle, The Great Wall of China, and An Old Manuscript. This leads the way to thought-provoking comparative studies of Kafka and major Chinese writers and philosophers, such as Zhuang Tzu, Pu Songling, Qian Zhongshu, and Lu Xun. Highlighting kindred philosophical concepts, shared aesthetic tastes, and parallel narrative strategies, these comparisons transcend mere textual analysis, to explore the profound cultural, historical, and philosophical implications of Kafka’s works. Finally, the book turns to an examination Kafka’s impact on modern life in China, including its translation studies, literature, and even its mass culture.

Spirit Matters

Spirit Matters
Author: Philip Gabriel
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2006-02-28
ISBN: 0824864433
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spirit Matters Book Excerpt:

Spirit Matters is a ground-breaking work, the first to explore a broad range of writings on spirituality in contemporary Japanese literature. It draws on a variety of literary works, from enormously popular fiction (Miura Ayako’s Hyôten and Shirokari Pass and the novels of Murakami Haruki) to more problematic "serious" fiction (Ôe Kenzaburô’s Somersault) to nonfiction meditations on martyrdom and miracles (Sono Ayako’s Kiseki) and the dynamics of religious cults (Murakami’s interviews with members of Aum Shinrikyô in Underground). The first half of the volume focuses on the work of two women Christian writers, Miura Ayako and Sono Ayako. Combining a decidedly evangelistic bent with the formulas of the popular novel, Miura’s 1964 novel Hyôten (Freezing Point) and its sequel are entertaining perennial bestsellers but also treat spiritual issues—like original sin—that are largely unexplored in modern Japanese literature. Sono’s Kiseki (Miracles) and Miura’s Shiokari Pass focus on the meaning of self-sacrifice and the miraculous and survey both the paths by which people come to faith and the spiritual doubts that assail them. Perhaps most striking for Western readers, Gabriel reveals how Miura’s novel shows the lingering resistance to Christianity and its oppositional nature in Japan, and how in Kiseki Sono considers the kind of spiritual struggles many Japanese Christians experience as they try to reconcile their belief in a minority faith.

The Thousand and One Nights and Twentieth Century Fiction

The Thousand and One Nights and Twentieth Century Fiction
Author: Richard van Leeuwen
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 842
Release: 2018-07-17
ISBN: 900436269X
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Thousand and One Nights and Twentieth Century Fiction Book Excerpt:

In The Thousand and One Nights and Twentieth-Century Fiction, Richard van Leeuwen challenges conventional perceptions of the development of 20th-century prose by arguing that Thousand and One Nights, as an intertextual model, has been a crucial influence on authors who have contributed to shaping the main literary currents in 20th-century world literature, inspiring new forms and concepts of literature and texts.

Psyche and the Arts

Psyche and the Arts
Author: Susan Rowland
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2008-06-30
ISBN: 1134071515
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Psyche and the Arts Book Excerpt:

Psyche and the Arts challenges existing ideas about the relationship between Jung and art, and offers exciting new dimensions to key issues such as the role of image in popular culture, and the division of psyche and matter in art form.