Subject Area: Literature - Japanese

Autobiographical Narrative in Modern Japan
2007 0-7734-5396-2
This study offers both a chronological description of the literary career of Kasai Zenz? (1887-1928), as well as an historical examination of shi-sh?setsu (a Japanese autobiographical/confessional literary genre) during and after his lifetime. Zenz? was one of the most important shi-sh?setsu authors, living in the Taish? Period (1912-1926) in which this genre was in the height of its ascendancy. In shi-sh?setsu, the “I” novel, the author recounts details of his or her personal life with only a thin veneer of fiction. This genre was believed to be an ideal form of prose writing and an expression of individual depth, created without the fabrications normally found in conventional fiction, making it one of the most striking features of modern Japanese literature. Kasai, living his entire life in poverty, turned to Zen Buddhism for spiritual solace and became both a major architect of the Taish? shi-sh?setsu and its defining author.

Globalization and Dislocation in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro
2006 0-7734-5691-0
This book examines, in thematic and stylistic terms, the six novels that Kazuo Ishiguro has published so far. It is the first study to advance an argument linking these works to wider issues in the interpretation of migrant and cosmopolitan literature. Individual chapters examine Ishiguro’s appropriation of exotic fiction, the countryhouse novel, the high-modernist European novel, detective fiction, and science fiction. From early works that tackle the exigencies of immigrant self-fashioning through the critique of essentialist depictions of Japanese sociality, Ishiguro went on to criticize English exceptionalism in the Booker prize-winning novel, The Remains of the Day. His misrecognition as a supplier of English and Japanese authenticity is adduced as evidence for the fabulist turn of his subsequent work, suggesting that his writing is typified by a propensity to rework the substance of earlier novels in response to their critical and popular reception. Ishiguro breaks new ground in his last two books by raising the issues of distributive justice, progressive nostalgia, and the role of utopian imaginative discourse. This trajectory suggests a need to re-examine dominant theoretical tendencies, in particular those that draw colorful portraits of the delights afforded by cultural flows and exchanges within a decentered and borderless post-imperial global order.

Literary Theory of Shimamura HÔgetsu (1871-1918) and the Development of Feminist Discourse in Modern Japan
2008 0-7734-5000-9
Argues for a reassessment of Hôgetsu’s naturalism as a multifaceted theoretical model rather than an aberration of its original Western counterpart.

Seasons and Landscapes in Japanese Poetry: An Introduction to haiku and waka
2009 0-7734-4907-8
This work is an anthology of nearly 500 translated poems, many available in English for the first time, from the eighth to twentieth centuries.

Yūshi Hōgen an Eighteenth- Century Japanese Farce Translated, with an Introduction by Maryellen Toman Mori
2016 1-4955-0489-1
This book is an annotated scholarly study of the Japanese literary text Yūshi hōgen (1770) accompanied by an English translation of that text, Yūshi hōgen belongs to a genre called sharebon (‘books for the stylish’), which flourished in Japan between mid-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. These were short texts, produced as booklets, which consisted mostly of dialogue and concerned pleasure-quarter culture. They examined the behavior of male visitors to a brothel and purported to advise the would –be ‘sophisticate” on how to conduct himself from start to finish of his pleasure excursion.