Japanese Hermeneutics: Current Debates on Aesthetics and Interpretation

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University of Hawaii Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 247 pages
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Japanese Hermeneutics provides a forum for the most current international debates on the role played by interpretative models in the articulation of cultural discourses on Japan. It presents the thinking of esteemed Western philosophers, aestheticians, and art and literary historians, and introduces to English-reading audiences some of Japan's most distinguished scholars, whose work has received limited or no exposure in the United States.In the first part, "Hermeneutics and Japan, " contributors examine the difficulties inherent in articulating "otherness" without falling into the trap of essentialization and while relying on Western epistemology for explanation and interpretation. In the second part, "Japan's Aesthetic Hermeneutics, " they explore the role of aesthetics in shaping discourses on art and nature in Japan. The essays in the final section of the book, "Japan's Literary Hermeneutics, " rethink the notion of "Japanese literature" in light of recent findings on the ideological implications of canon formations and transformations within Japan's prominent literary circles.
 

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Contents

Gianni Vastimo
9
Poetics of Intransitivity
17
AttWay W
25
A Philosophy of Japanese Composition
36
Rock in the DryLandscape Garden
44
The Link between
60
A Japanese Version of Utilitatian Aesthetics
89
Nature the Natutalization of Experience as National
130
Onishi Yoshinotis Citeek Genealogies of Japan
142
Global and Ethnic Nationalism
165
What Is Bungaku? The Refotmulation of the Concept of Literature
176
Heideggets Hetmeneutics and Manyoshii
189
Saito Mokichis Poetics of Shasei
206
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237
Index
245
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Marra is Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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