Category Archives: japanese fiction

Speaking back to Techno-Orientalism (a partial syllabus)

From my class attempting to move the inquiries of Techno-Orientalism beyond the study of English-language writers – here’s parts of the syllabus I got to teach this quarter to a motivated set of students at UCR. I wrote this (and am … Continue reading

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Ukigumo Futabatei Shimei

Shimei Futabatei, “Ukigumo” Japan’s First Modern Novel: Ukigumo of Futabatei Shimei. Marleigh Grayer Ryan, editor and translator. New York: Columbia University Press, 1967. Plot: Centers predominately on a young government employee Bunzo, who is in love with his cousin Osei.  … Continue reading

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A short write up on Suna no Ona / Woman in the Dunes by Abe Kobo

Plot: A schoolteacher insect collector heads to the dunes of Japan for a three day trip to try to find a new variety of sand beetle. He ends up in a small village that is being overridden by sand, and … Continue reading

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The Cage of Zeus by Sayuri Ueda

About The Cage of Zeus by Sayuri Ueda It was all about the possibility of bi-gendered people in the future. First off, I really want to get a hold of the Japanese for this book, because the translation must have … Continue reading

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Abe Kobo’s Box Man and other whittering

That being said, I read Abe Kobo’s The Box Man today, and just as I remembered, it was awesome. While reading I wondered if Abe was doing a commentary on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Though looking up when Invisible Man … Continue reading

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