Study Guide

Sōseki Natsume

Sōseki Natsume Analysis

Bibliography (Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Brody, Inger Sigrun. “Natsume Sseki and Laurence Sterne: Cross-cultural Discourse on Literary Linearity.” Comparative Literature 50, no. 3 (1998): 193-220. Explores Sterne’s stylistic influence on Sseki.

Doi, Takeo. The Psychological World of Natsume Sseki. Translated by William Jefferson Tyler. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1976. An excellent treatment with a somewhat specialized focus.

Gessel, Van C. Three Modern Novelists: Sseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata. New York: Kandosha International, 1993. A general introduction.

Keene, Donald. “Natsume Sseki.” In Dawn to the West. 1984. Reprint. 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998-1999. Sseki is included in this study of the Japanese novel in the modern era.

McClellan, Edwin. “A Scene from Sseki’s Meian.” Journal of Japanese Studies 25, no. 1 (1999): 106-120. A close reading of a single scene in one of Sseki’s novels reveals themes found throughout his work.

McClellan, Edwin. Two Japanese Novelists: Sseki and Toson. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1969. A general introduction.

Matsui, Sakuko. Natsume Sseki as a Critic of English Literature. Tokyo: Centre for East Asian Cultural Studies, 1975. A work examining an aspect of Sseki’s thought.

Yamanouchi, Hisaaki. “The Agonies of Individualism: Natsume Sseki.” In The Search for Authenticity in Modern Japanese Literature. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1978. A brilliant and succinct analysis of Sseki’s thought.

Yiu, Angela. Chaos and Order in the World of Natsume Sseki. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1998. An analysis of themes in Sseki’s works and his place in Asian literature.

Yu, Beongcheon. Natsume Sseki. 1969. Reprint. New York: Macmillan, 1984. This groundbreaking English-language study of Sseki is a very detailed work.