Reading East Asian Writing

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This book presents contributions by thirteen scholars of Chinese and Japanese literature whose work is characterised by a strong interest in literary theory. They focus in particular on the various new theories that have emerged during the past two decades, uprooting traditional forms of understanding literary texts, their function, their readership and their interpretation. Often confined to discussion of a specific country or area, these theories have been criticised for their...
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Reading East Asian Writing: The Limits of Literary Theory

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Overview

This book presents contributions by thirteen scholars of Chinese and Japanese literature whose work is characterised by a strong interest in literary theory. They focus in particular on the various new theories that have emerged during the past two decades, uprooting traditional forms of understanding literary texts, their function, their readership and their interpretation. Often confined to discussion of a specific country or area, these theories have been criticised for their Western bias.
This collection breaks through these barriers, providing an opportunity for scholars of two closely related yet often independently studied cultures to present and compare their views on specific theories of literature, to discuss the advantages and shortcomings of those theories, and to consider specific difficulties related to the East-West dimension.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction
1 Fateful Attachments: On Collecting, Fidelity, and Lao She 1
2 Canon Formation in Japan: Genre, Gender, Popular Culture, and Nationalism 22
3 La, tout n'est qu'ordre et beaute: The Surprises of Applied Structuralism 39
4 Kristevan (Mis)understandings: Writing in the Feminine 72
5 The Heian Literary System: A Tentative Model 92
6 Did the Master Instruct his Followers to Attack Heretics? A Note on Readings of Lunyu 2.1 117
7 The Power of Words: Forging Fujiwara no Teika's Poetic Theory. A Philological Approach to Japanese Poetics 159
8 What the Messenger of Souls Has to Say: New Historicism and the Poetics of Chinese Culture 171
9 Places of Mediation: Poets and Salons in Medieval Japan 204
10 Theory as Pratice: Modern Chinese Literature and Bourdieu 220
11 Making Space: Kunikida Doppo and the 'Native Place' Ideal in Meiji Literature 240
12 Re/reading 'Modern Japanese Literature' as a Critical Project: The Case of Dazai Osamu's Autobiographical Novel Tsugaru 255
13 Digital Wen: On the Digitization of Letter- and Character-based Systems of Inscription 277
Index 295
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