Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Postwar japan's hybrid modernity of in-betweenness: Historical, literary, and social perspectives
by Dovale, Madeline J., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 167; 1527481
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores Japanese society through the lens of cultural hybridity and liminality to understand the shift towards nonconformity and hyper-individualism among post-postwar Japanese. This shift reflects an important point in Japan's transculturation process whereby post-postwar Japanese have developed a cultural hybridity of inbetweenness (liminality) juxtaposing their native Japaneseness (wakon) against their adopted Westernness (y okon). This wakon-yokon hybrid construct is posing a challenge to Japan's longstanding hybrid modernity philosophy of wakon-y osai (Japanese spirit- Western things), which perpetuated the pre-modern core values and collectivist ethics of Japaneseness for nearly 150 years below its fa├žade of Western modernity. The dilemma inherent in Japan's wakon-y okon in-betweenness is foreshadowed in the pioneering works of Abe Kob o and Murakami Haruki, who both illuminated the conflicting juxtaposition of the core values and ethics of Japaneseness (wakon) and seken-Other (the jury-surrounding- the-Self) against the pursuit of the individualist ethics of Westernness (y okon) and Selfhood ( shutaisei) within their imaginaries.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Yamada, Teri A.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian literature, History, Asian Studies
Keywords: Abe Kobo, Cultural hybridity, In-betweenness, Liminality, Murakami Naruki, Wakon-yosai
Publication Number: 1527481
ISBN: 978-1-303-77374-7
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