“Maihime” and the Space of Criticism in Meiji Japan

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Abstract

Mori Ōgai’s short story “Maihime” (The dancing girl, 1890) is ar-guably one of the most read texts of modern Japanese literature, yet a debate between the author and his contemporary Ishibashi Ningetsu remains under-studied. Divulging the permeable relationship between critical language and literary writing, this debate offered a crucial site in which the field of literature was cultivated. In addition, the writers’ missives engendered a moment that di-gressed from the historical context within which they were encapsulated. This essay provides a reading of that moment and meditates upon the intricate pro-cess of literature’s production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-368
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Japanese Studies
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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