The "I" in the Making : Rethinking the Japanese shishosetsu in a Global Age
Part of the Studies in Oriental culture and literature series
The book centres around the topic of subjectivity and self-representation in contemporary Japanese literature and offers an evaluation of a genre known as shishosetsu (I-novel).
The objective is to reassess the works of Dazai Osamu, Oe Kenzaburo, Endo Shusaku, Murakami Haruki, and translingual writers (Mizumura Minae, Hideo Levy, Tawada Yoko) to demonstrate the flexible treatment of personal experiences and the ambiguous relations between the character, narrator, and the writing persona.
By making references to world fiction, the book investigates narrative and linguistic challenges in expressing the "self." The study explores shishosetsu as the stories on constructing the identities between cultures, languages and literary canons, and testimonies of untranslatability of the self.