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My Individualism and the Philosophical Foundations (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)

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Published here for the first time in English, My Individualism and The Philosophical Foundations of Literature are essays which explore issues close to famed Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume's heart: the philosophical and cultural significance of isolation, belonging and identity associated with rapid technological, industrial and cultural change. Set against the background of the Meiji era, in which Soseki believed modern man was dislocated from Japan's past as well as its future, he defines the role of art and the artist in light of the loneliness and individualism of the modern world.

True to his self-conscious style, each essay includes individual biographical anecdotes, inviting their allegorical reading as stories about the fate of Japan. In My Individualism, Soseki gives a rare account of his stay in London from the perspective of twelve years after his return, allowing us to see the profound shift in his thinking about literature that occurred during this time. In The Philosophical Foundations of Literature, we find one of Soseki's principal attempts to provide a cross-cultural framework for the interpretation of literature. Together, the essays reveal Soseki's attempts to create a theory of literature that is characteristically Japanese.

In an Introduction to the two essays, Dr. Inger Brodey, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, sensitively explores the crises in Soseki's own life that led to his powerful sense of dislocation and to his particular style of writing, and then masterfully takes us through the complexities of the two essays.

Synopsis:

Soseki Natsume is widely considered the foremost novelist of the Meiji period in Japan.

Synopsis:

In these rare personal essays, Soseki defines the role of art in light of the isolation of the modern world. Each essay includes personal anecdotes that act as allegories about the fate of Japan.

In her introduction, Soseki expert Dr. Inger Sigrun Brodey masterfully unravels the complexities of the two essays.

Synopsis:

In these rare personal essays, Soseki defines the role of art in light of the isolation of the modern world. Each essay includes personal anecdotes that act as allegories about the fate of Japan.

In her introduction, Soseki expert Dr. Inger Sigrun Brodey masterfully unravels the complexities of the two essays.

About the Author

Soseki Natsume(1867–1916) is widely considered the foremost novelist of the Meiji period (1868–1914). Soseki wrote 14 novels, including Inside my Glass Doors and I Am a Cat.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804836036
Translator:
Tsunematsu, Sammy T.
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Translator:
Tsunematsu, Sammy T.
Author:
Brodey, Inger
Author:
S
Author:
Soseki, Natsume
Author:
Tsunematsu, Sammy I.
Author:
Natsume, Soseki
Author:
ammy I. Tsunematsu
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
philosophy; philosophy books; soseki natsume; japan; japanese literature; tuttle classics
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature
Publication Date:
20050415
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in 7 oz

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Soseki Natsume is widely considered the foremost novelist of the Meiji period in Japan.
"Synopsis" by , In these rare personal essays, Soseki defines the role of art in light of the isolation of the modern world. Each essay includes personal anecdotes that act as allegories about the fate of Japan.

In her introduction, Soseki expert Dr. Inger Sigrun Brodey masterfully unravels the complexities of the two essays.

"Synopsis" by , In these rare personal essays, Soseki defines the role of art in light of the isolation of the modern world. Each essay includes personal anecdotes that act as allegories about the fate of Japan.

In her introduction, Soseki expert Dr. Inger Sigrun Brodey masterfully unravels the complexities of the two essays.

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