Haruki Murakami: Storytelling and Productive Distance

1st Edition

Chikako Nihei

Routledge
June 13, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages
ISBN 9780367256418 - CAT# K424392
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

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Summary

Haruki Murakami: Storytelling and Productive Distance studies the evolution of the monogatari, or narrative and storytelling in the works of Haruki Murakami. Author Chikako Nihei argues that Murakami’s power of monogatari lies in his use of distancing effects; storytelling allows individuals to "cross" into a different context, through which they can effectively observe themselves and reality. His belief in the importance of monogatari is closely linked to his generation’s experience of the counter-­‐‑culture movement in the late1960s and his research on the 1995 Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack caused by the Aum shinrikyo cult, major events in postwar Japan that revealed many people’s desire for a stable narrative to interact with and form their identity from.

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