Existentialist Vision of Haruki Murakami

Ackland, Michael (2022) Existentialist Vision of Haruki Murakami. Cambria Press, Amherst, NY, USA.

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Abstract

Haruki Murakami has often been accused of being a feckless, merely popular writer, but in this study Michael Ackland demonstrates that this is not the case, arguing that Murakami has not only assimilated the existentialist heritage but innovatively changed and revitalized it, thereby placing exciting personal possibilities within the reach of his worldwide readership. Ackland’s study begins by tracing the troubled introduction of such alien conceptions as individualism, democracy and citizens’ rights, and self-interested autonomy into Japan. It argues that Haruki Murakami was seminally exposed to these ideas, and to their modern reconfiguration in French existentialism, during the student protests of the late 1960s, and that the dissent and radicalism of this period has been rechanneled into his fiction.

Item ID: 72057
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 9781621966173
Copyright Information: © 2022 Cambria Press.
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2022 00:04
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470519 Literature in Japanese @ 80%
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5002 History and philosophy of specific fields > 500207 History of ideas @ 20%
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