Ridgeway, William N. Books
Dr. William Ridgeway holds a B.A. in Japanese from UCLA, a M.A. in Asian Studies from Sophia (Tokyo), and a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Ridgeway was a sarariiman (businessman) in Japan for fifteen years. He has recently finished a translation of Natsume Saseki's early novella, Nowaki.2004 0-7734-6230-9
This study is a comparative analysis of the major works of Natsume S?seki, which compares Japan's greatest novelist with his contemporaries, his works with influential English novels, his social milieu and literary concerns with Victorians and writers of his day. There being no golden key to unlock the mysteries of S?seki's novels, this critical inquiry uses unexplored categories of analysis- gender, sexuality, the body, and desire-to fathom the depth and breadth of S?seki's fictional world: interpersonal relations, gender roles, gender conflict, the battle of the sexes, love and disease, erotic triangles, love betrayed. Included is an Annotated Bibliography of S?seki scholarship and also a publishing history of the author's works translated into foreign languages.