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The Resource Reading food in modern Japanese literature, Tomoko Aoyama

Reading food in modern Japanese literature, Tomoko Aoyama

Label
Reading food in modern Japanese literature
Title
Reading food in modern Japanese literature
Statement of responsibility
Tomoko Aoyama
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Literature, like food, is, in Terry Eagleton's words, "endlessly interpretable," and food, like literature, "looks like an object but is actually a relationship." So how much do we, and should we, read into the way food is represented in literature? Reading Food explores this and other questions in an unusual and fascinating tour of twentieth-century Japanese literature. Tomoko Aoyama analyzes a wide range of diverse writings that focus on food, eating, and cooking and considers how factors such as industrialization, urbanization, nationalism, and gender construction have affected people's relationships to food, nature, and culture, and to each other. The examples she offers are taken from novels (shosetsu) and other literary texts and include well known writers (such as Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Hayashi Fumiko, Okamoto Kanoko, Kaiko Takeshi, and Yoshimoto Banana) as well as those who are less widely known (Murai Gensai, Nagatsuka Takashi, Sumii Sue, and Numa Shozo). Food is everywhere in Japanese literature, and early chapters illustrate historical changes and variations in the treatment of food and eating. Examples are drawn from Meiji literary diaries, children's stories, peasant and proletarian literature, and women's writing before and after World War II. The author then turns to the theme of cannibalism in serious and popular novels. Key issues include ethical questions about survival, colonization, and cultural identity. The quest for gastronomic gratification is a dominant theme in "gourmet novels." Like cannibalism, the gastronomic journey as a literary theme is deeply implicated with cultural identity. The final chapter deals specifically with contemporary novels by women, some of which celebrate the inclusiveness of eating (and writing), while others grapple with the fear of eating. Such dread or disgust can be seen as a warning against what the complacent "gourmet boom" of the 1980s and 1990s concealed: the dangers of a market economy, environmental destruction, and continuing gender biases. Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature will tempt any reader with an interest in food, literature, and culture. Moreover, it provides appetizing hints for further savoring, digesting, and incorporating textual food
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Aoyama, Tomoko
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Japanese literature
  • Food in literature
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • REFERENCE
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Food in literature
  • Japanese literature
  • Literatur
  • Nahrungsaufnahme
  • Lebensmittel
  • Japanisch
Label
Reading food in modern Japanese literature, Tomoko Aoyama
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-262) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Food in the diary -- Down-to-Earth eating and writing (1) -- Down-to-Earth eating and writing (2) -- Cannibalism in modern Japanese literature -- The gastronomic novels -- Food and gender in contemporary women's literature -- Confession of obsessive textual food eater
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ocn436094100
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 273 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824868925
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
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22573/ctt62t649
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)436094100
Label
Reading food in modern Japanese literature, Tomoko Aoyama
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-262) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Food in the diary -- Down-to-Earth eating and writing (1) -- Down-to-Earth eating and writing (2) -- Cannibalism in modern Japanese literature -- The gastronomic novels -- Food and gender in contemporary women's literature -- Confession of obsessive textual food eater
Control code
ocn436094100
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 273 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824868925
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62t649
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)436094100

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