Modern Japanese Literature Fiction - Essay


(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Noriko Mizuta Lippit

SOURCE: "Ironic Perspective and Self-Dramatization in the Confessional I-Novel of Japan," in Reality and Fiction in Modern Japanese Literature, M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 1980, pp. 13-38.

[In the following essay, Lippit examines the types and major characteristics of the Japanese "I-novel. "]

The most peculiarly characteristic form of the modern Japanese novel is the I-novel, in which the author appears as the protagonist and describes his private affairs and experiences. Avoiding the use of fictional devices, the author presents his state of mind, ideas and realization almost directly. Not only is the subject matter narrowly...

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