Ogai with Uneasinesses

NISHI Masahiko December 30, 2013 Jinbun Shoin,228p.

NISHI Masahiko December 30, 2013 Ogai with Uneasinesses, Jinbun Shoin, 228p. ISBN-10:4409160958 ISBN-13: 978-4409160954 2000yen + tax [amazon][kinokuniya]

■Contents Introduction (by the author)

My new book will be available soon. It is chefly about a famous Japanese writer, Mori Ogai.

The main purpose of this book is to inquire how literature can focus on the mentality and memory of victimizers. Most of the literary heritage consists of works focused rather on the victims (for example, of slavery, Holocaust and other genocides). Japanese literature is not an exception either. It means that Japanese literature proclaims that Japanese people were rather victims of their fascism and military actions than victimizers. I tried, therefore, to excavate some exceptional novels from the heritage. Mori Ogai's Steep of Mouse is one of them. It treats a Japanese journalist who killed ruthlessly having raped a Chinese woman at the battlefield of Manchuria during the Russo-Japanese war and died in Tokyo just at the same day in winter seven years later. Ogai, who was also a translator of Edgar Allan Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue, depicted an atrocity made not by an Orangutan but by a Homo Sapiens and recompensed by his own death. It is the beginning of my archaeological and critical study on war and sadistic sexualities.

■Table of Contents

T Murder Case at Steep of Mouse etc.
Murder Case at Steep of Mouse: Sexual Violence and "Shame"
Aged Immigrants and the Crown Prince: Patriotism and "Shame"
Steep of Mouse   MORI Ogai
In the Woods(Latter Half)  AKUTAGAWA Ryunosuke

U Sex Drive, Coals, and Colonial City: Reconsidering The Dancing Girl

V Ogai, Soseki, and Hyakken
Ogai and Soseki: Two Literature concerning Martyrdom of NOGI Maresuke
Hyakken and Soseki, or Soseki of Hyakken
Tokyo under Anti-Sanshiro

W Politics or Away from Religion in Sansho the Bailiff

Toward "Cross Thoughts", or "Uneasinesses in Plural"

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