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Murakami Harukiís Sho-Jo Kasahara Mei


Flutsch, M, Murakami Haruki's Sho-Jo Kasahara Mei, Girl Reading Girl in Japan, Routledge, T Aoyama and B Hartley (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 119-129. ISBN 978-020386906-2 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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In Murakami Haruki's Nejimaki-dori kuronikuru (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), the brilliantly insightful sixteen-year-old shojo, Kasahara Mei, is the most important and complex companion to the protagonist, Okada Torn, in his orphean search for his wife. As pointed out by Murakami himself (Murakami 1995b: 274), Mei plays multiple roles in Tom's journey, and I will argue here that she challenges the novel's conventional genderization of the psychic journey, whereby the unconscious, irrational, bodily, corrupt, cyclical "other" is female to the rational, cerebral, clean, linear time-oriented consciousness of the male.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Asian, Language
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Literature in Japanese
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Flutsch, M (Dr Maria Flutsch)
ID Code:118600
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-07-14
Last Modified:2017-09-05

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