Rituals of Self-Revelation: Shishōsetsu as Literary Genre and Socio-Cultural Phenomenon
by Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit
Harvard University Press, 1996
Cloth: 978-0-674-77319-6
Library of Congress Classification PL747.67.A85H5513 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 895.63009

Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit brings a sophisticated and graceful method of analysis to this English translation of her book on the shishosetsu, one of the most important yet misunderstood genres in Japanese literature. Thorough and insightful, this study of the Japanese version of the I-novel provides a means of researching and interpreting the tradition of the genre, linking it to forms of autobiographical fiction as well as to cultural assumptions of the classical period of Japanese history. Hijiya-Kirschnereit provides a model of systematic inquiry into literary traditions that will stimulate American and English Japanologists, providing a much-needed bridge between German Japanologists and the rest of the field.

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