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Discourses of the Vanishing: modernity, phantasm, Japan by Marilyn Ivy

Ivy, Marilyn. Discourses of the Vanishing: modernity, phantasm, Japan.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995. Ivy’s amalgam of cultural theory, anthropological research, and cultural criticism investigates peripheral sites she sees as vanishing “displacing Japanese ‘culture’ as a stable signification.” (21) … 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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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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