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Sense of the City, A: Modes of Urban Representation in the Works of Nagai Kafu (1879-1959)

Gala Maria Follaco

978 90 04 34537 9
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116.00 EUR

Publication date:
7 September 2017

Short description: 

In A Sense of the City, Follaco examines Nagai Kafu's (1879-1959) urban representation, both at home and abroad, to define his position within the context of pre-war Japanese literature while touching upon crucial issues of modernity.

Full description: 

In A Sense of the City, Gala Maria Follaco examines Nagai Kafu's (1879-1959) literary construction of urban spatialities from late Meiji through the early Showa period. She argues that Kafu's urban critique was based on his awareness of the cultural sedimentation of the cityscape and of the complex relationship that it bore with the historical framework of modern Japan. With the overall aim to define Kafu's position within pre-war Japanese literature, Follaco touches upon key issues such as memory, class difference, and language ideologies; draws connections between his sojourn abroad and strategies of mapping the city of Tokyo in his literature; and takes into account works previously understudied, including his biography of Washizu Kido and his photographs.

Table of contents: 

Series Editors' Foreword Acknowledgments List of Illustrations Introduction Part 1: Abroad 1 Shanghai 2 Tacoma, Seattle, Kalamazoo 3 New York 4 Lyon, Paris Part 2: Tokyo 5 Dealing with the Other 6 Rhetoric of Places 7 Deletion, Ingenuousness, Memory 8 An Intimate Cartography Conclusion Bibliography Index


Gala Maria Follaco, Ph.D. (2012), L'Orientale University of Naples, is Research Fellow of Japanese Studies at that University. She has translated the works of several Japanese writers and published articles on urban representation in modern and contemporary Japanese literature.




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