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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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Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals by Azuma Hiroki

Azuma Hiroki. Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals. Trans. Jonathan Abel and Shion Kono. Minnesota UP, 2009. Azuma theorizes otaku as posthistorical, specifically inspired by Kojieve’s Introduction to the Reading of Hegel where he sees US culture as animalistic as it is … 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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