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Von “Bubblonia” bis 1Q84: Ideale und nicht-ideale Orte als Thema der zeitgenössischen japanischen Literatur


Gebhardt, L (2011). Von “Bubblonia” bis 1Q84: Ideale und nicht-ideale Orte als Thema der zeitgenössischen japanischen Literatur. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 65(2):455-477.

Abstract

The article addresses the topic of utopia and dystopia in contemporary Japanese literature. Among the novels that are analysed are: Murakami Haruki’s latest novel 1Q84, Kirino Natsuo’s I’m sorry, mama. and Takami Kōshun’s Battle Royale. These pieces are considered literary adaptations of the “lost decade”, which establish the point of origin in the Japanese media for the growing precariousness and the country’s decline.
Contemporary Japan is in itself a dystopia: In order to adequately depict the magnitude of hopelessness and fear of the future, hyper-realistic scenarios of violence are employed in the literary medium. In the distant horizon of utopia these texts search for “healing” (iyashi) – through the force of love. However, dystopia turns out to be generally more contemporary in this day and age.

Abstract

The article addresses the topic of utopia and dystopia in contemporary Japanese literature. Among the novels that are analysed are: Murakami Haruki’s latest novel 1Q84, Kirino Natsuo’s I’m sorry, mama. and Takami Kōshun’s Battle Royale. These pieces are considered literary adaptations of the “lost decade”, which establish the point of origin in the Japanese media for the growing precariousness and the country’s decline.
Contemporary Japan is in itself a dystopia: In order to adequately depict the magnitude of hopelessness and fear of the future, hyper-realistic scenarios of violence are employed in the literary medium. In the distant horizon of utopia these texts search for “healing” (iyashi) – through the force of love. However, dystopia turns out to be generally more contemporary in this day and age.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 65 (2011) > 2
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
Language:German
Date:2011
Deposited On:14 Nov 2011 13:26
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:06
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717

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