Literary Techniques

Like A Pale View of Hills, this novel is driven by the memory of a narrator thinking back over his life, but there are several differences in...

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An Artist of the Floating World Ideas for Group Discussions

Since Ishiguro's novels are often elliptical and require close reading, attention should be paid to even the most insignificant details and...

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An Artist of the Floating World Social Concerns

Masuji Ono, the narrator of this novel, allowed his artistic talents to be used in support of the imperialistic goals of the Japanese...

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An Artist of the Floating World Literary Precedents

With Ono's narration, Ishiguro again employs a character sifting through the facts of his life to reach an answer, a mainstay of a great deal...

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An Artist of the Floating World Related Titles

An Artist of the Floating World, like A Pale View of Hills and The Remains of the Day (1989) examines the themes of loyalty, blind obedience,...

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An Artist of the Floating World Bibliography

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Gurewich, David. “Upstairs, Downstairs.” The New Criterion 8 (December, 1989): 77-80.

Ishiguro, Kazuo. Interview by Gregory Mason. Contemporary Literature 30 (Fall, 1989): 335-347.

Mason, Gregory. “Inspiring Images: The Influence of the Japanese Cinema on the Writings of Kazuo Ishiguro.” East-West Film Journal 3 (June, 1989): 39-52.

Petry, Mike. Narratives of Memory and Identity: The Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro. New York: Peter Lang, 1999.

Shaffer, Brian. Understanding Kazuo Ishiguro. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998.

Sim, Wai-chew. Globalization and Dislocation in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.

Stanton, Katherine. Cosmopolitan Fictions: Ethics, Politics, and Global Change in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro, Michael Ondaatje, Jamaica Kincaid, and J. M. Coetzee. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Walkowitz, Rebecca. Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond Nation. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Wong, Cynthia. Kazuo Ishiguro. Tavistock, Devon, England: Northcote House, 2000.

Yoshioka, Fumio. “Beyond the Division of East and West: Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills.” Studies in English Literature, 1988, 71-86.