Ishimure Michiko's Writing in Ecocritical Perspective

Ishimure Michiko's Writing in Ecocritical Perspective : Between Sea and Sky

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This collection of ecocritical essays focuses on the work of Ishimure Michiko, Japan's foremost writer on the environment and culture. It discusses Ishimure's writing in the context of the latest issues in ecocritical theory, with particular reference to environmental problems in Minamata and Fukushima, and argues for an expanded, more-than-Western understanding of literature, theory, and environmental more

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  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 161 x 236 x 19mm | 454g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739194224
  • 9780739194225
  • 2,109,389

About Bruce Allen

Bruce Allen is professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Seisen University, Tokyo. Yuki Masami is professor at Kanazawa University where she teaches environmental literature and English as a foreign more

Review quote

I was in the room when Ishimure Michiko magically read her work, for the first time, to an international audience at the ASLE-US and ASLE-J symposium in Hawai'i in the summer of 1996-and I also watched Ishimure-san as she smiled at a panel of young Japanese scholars who presented short papers about her work at the same conference. This extraordinary collection of scholarly articles and literary translations, published nearly twenty years after the 1996 symposium, offers a fitting tribute to the multidimensionality of Ishimure's literary work and to the growing sophistication of ecocriticism. I enjoyed this book tremendously and learned a lot from it. -- Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environmentshow more

Table of contents

Table of Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Bruce Allen and Yuki Masami Chapter 1: The World of Kugai Jodo Watanabe Kyoji Chapter 2: Antiquity and Modernity of the Shiranui Sea Ikezawa Natsuki Chapter 3: The Danger of a Single Story: Ishimure Michiko's Literary Approach to the Minamata Disease Incident Yuki Masami Chapter 4: Mapping Modernity: Home and the World in Ishimure Michiko's Kugai Jodo Toyosato Mayumi Chapter 5: Literature Without Us Christine Marran Chapter 6: Ishimure Michiko as Contemporary Thinker Iwaoka Nakamasa Chapter 7: Atonement and At-one-ment: From Story of the Sea of Camellias to Lake of Heaven Patrick Murphy Chapter 8: Ishimure Michiko and Global Ecocriticism Karen Thornber Chapter 9: Another World in This World: Slow Violence, Environmental Time, and the Decolonial Imagination in Ishimure Michiko's Villages of the Gods Livia Monnet Chapter 10: The Noh Imagination in Shiranui and the Work of Ishimure Michiko Bruce Allen Chapter 11: Shiranui: A Contemporary Noh Play A Translation by Aihara Yuko and Bruce Allen About the Editors and Contributorsshow more