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Yoko Tawada : Voices from Everywhere

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Yoeko Tawada: Voices from Everywhere is the first volume of criticism dedicated to the work of Yoeko Tawada, one of the most highly acclaimed writers of her generation. Douglas Slaymaker has collected a range of essays that explore the plurality of voices and cultures in Tawada's work and push on to explicate the poetics and intellectual underpinnings of her writing. Analyses of her fiction are paired with examinations of its philosophic and aesthetic foundations. This is an essential collection for anyone with an interest in this important young writer.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 22mm | 381.02g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073912272X
  • 9780739122723

Table of contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction: YoekoTawada: Voices from Everywhere Part 3 Tawada Yoeko Does Not Exist Part 4 Nation, Transnation, Translation Chapter 5 Translation, Exophony, Omniphony Chapter 6 Missing Heels, Missing Texts, Wounds in the Alphabet Chapter 7 Writing in the Ravine of Language Chapter 8 YoekoTawada's Poetological Reflections on her German Prose Works Part 9 Bodies and Belonging Chapter 10 Tawada's Multilingual Moves: Toward a Transnational Imaginary Chapter 11 Traveling Without Moving: Physical and Linguistic Mobility in Yoeko Tawada's UEberseezungen Chapter 12 The Unknown Character: Traces of the Surreal in Yoeko Tawada's Writings Part 13 Language Constructions and Identity Production Chapter 14 Words and Roots: The Loss of the Familiar in the Works of Yoeko Tawada Chapter 16 Sign Language: Reading Culture and Identity in "The Gotthard Railway" Chapter 17 Tawada Yoeko's Quest for Exophony: Japan and Germany
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Tawada's characteristic method of writing and translation...receive positive treatment from several contributors....This is a timely and insightful collection of essays on an important writer of her generation. * The Journal of Japanese Studies, February 2009 * One of this collection's significant contributions is that it crafts a space within the Western academy from which Japanese literature can be understood as participating in the conversation on globalization, not as so much cultural cache for increasingly cosmopolitan consumers, but as a literature that is itself commenting on the globalizing process.... Voices from Everywhere creates a transcultural framework in which these multiple readings are encouraged to cross-fertalize and open up beyond the parameters of its pages and invites a sharing of theoretical sources accross area studies borders. -- Robin L. Tierney * Journal of Asian Studies, February 2010 * To capture the multilingual, cosmopolitan brilliance of Yoeko Tawada would require assembling a team of scholars specializing in different disciplines and regions-and that is precisely what Douglas Slaymaker has accomplished in this fine volume. At last, we have a study worthy of one of the most interesting writers at work in the world today. -- Michael K. Bourdaghs, University of Chicago
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About Douglas Slaymaker

Douglas Slaymaker is associate professor of Japanese at the University of Kentucky.
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