Figures of Resistance: Language, Poetry, and Narrating in by Richard H. Okada

By Richard H. Okada

In this revisionist learn of texts from the mid-Heian interval in Japan, H. Richard Okada deals new readings of 3 recognized stories: The story of the Bamboo-cutter, the story of Ise, and The story of Genji. Okada contends that the cultural and gendered importance of those works has been distorted via past commentaries and translations belonging to the bigger patriarchal and colonialist discourse of Western civilization. He is going directly to recommend that this universalist discourse, which silences the female elements of those texts and subsumes their writing in misapplied Western canonical literary phrases, is sanctioned and maintained through the self-discipline of eastern literature.
Okada develops a hugely unique and complicated interpreting approach that demonstrates how readers may perhaps comprehend texts belonging to another time and position with out being complicit of their assimilation to different types derived from Western literary traditions. The author’s examining stratgey is predicated at the texts’ personal resistance to modes of research that hire such Western canonical phrases as novel, lyric, and third-person narrative. Emphasis is additionally given to the precise cultural circles, in addition to socio-political and genealogical situations that surrounded the emergence of the texts.
Indispensable readings for experts in literature, cultural reviews, and jap literature and background, Figures of Resistance will additionally entice basic readers drawn to the issues and complexities of learning one other culture.

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