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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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Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime

Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime. Edited by Christopher Bolton, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr, Takayuki Tatsumi.Minneapolis:University ofMinnesota Press, 2007. Pp. xxii+269. $20. Although no single work can ever completely and thoroughly inform a reader of … Continue reading

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Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque: The Living, Dead, and Undead in Japan’s Imperialism, 1895-1945 by Mark Driscoll

Driscoll, Mark. Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque: The Living, Dead, and Undead in Japan’s Imperialism, 1895-1945. Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2010. Mark Driscoll attempts to (along with other contemporary scholarship) explain “the mutually constitutive nature of the colonial periphery and … Continue reading

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Poison Woman: Figuring Female Transgression in Modern Japanese Culture by Christine Marran

Marran, Christine L. Poison Woman: Figuring Female Transgression in Modern Japanese Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. Marran claims the first serialized poison woman story (dokufumono) was published in 1978. These stories appeared in their own time to “anesthetize … Continue reading

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Erotic Grotesque Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times. Mirriam Silverberg

Silverberg, Mirriam. Erotic Grotesque Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2009. Instead of definition of erotic as pornographic, grotesque as malformed or unnatural, and nonsensical as silly (and thus meaningless), Silverberg redefines … Continue reading

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The Dilemma of the Modern in Japanese Fiction. Dennis Washburn

Washburn, Dennis. The Dilemma of the Modern in Japanese Fiction. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. Washburn attempts to detach the term “modern” from 20th century western literary or artistic modernism, westernization, technological change by attempting to create a universalized … Continue reading

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The Rhetoric of Confession: Shishōshetsu in Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Fiction. Edward Fowler

Fowler, Edward. The Rhetoric of Confession: Shishōshetsu in Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Fiction.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. Fowler’s study on shishosetsu argues it should be considered a genre in its own right that is distinguished from other types of … Continue reading

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Japan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period. Carol Gluck

Gluck, Carol. Japan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period.  Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1985. Carol Gluck’s analysis of the ideologies that developed in the latter Meiji period in Japan’s Modern Myths is incredibly nuanced.  Rather than present … Continue reading

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