Mother-Tongue in Modern Japanese Literature and Criticism: Toward a New Polylingual Poetics (Paperback)
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Mother-Tongue in Modern Japanese Literature and Criticism: Toward a New Polylingual Poetics (Paperback)

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This book examines how early research on literary activities outside national literatures such as emigre literature or diasporic literature conceived of the loss of 'mother-tongue" as a tragedy, and how it perpetuated the ideology of national language by relying on the dichotomy of native language/foreign language. It transcends these limitations by examining modern Japanese literature and literary criticism through modern philology, the vernacularization movement, and Korean-Japanese literature. Through the insights of recent philosophical/linguistic theories, it reveals the political problems of the notion of "mother-tongue" in literary and linguistic theories and proposes strategies to realize genuinely "exophonic" and "translational" literature beyond the confines of nation. Examining the notion of "mother-tongue" in literature and literary criticism, the author deconstructs the concept and language itself as an apparatus of nation-state in order to imagine alternative literature, genuinely creolized and heterogeneous. Offering a comparative, transnational perspective on the significance of the mother tongue in contemporary literatures, this is a key read for students of modern Japanese literature, language and culture, as well as those interested in theories of translation and bilingualism.

Publisher: Springer Verlag, Singapore
ISBN: 9789811341748
Number of pages: 183
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201

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