Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
55 | 2019

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
55 | 2019

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 55 | 2019

Politics, Porn and Parody in Koi suru genpatsu (2011) by Takahashi Gen’ichirō

Caterina Mazza
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
caterinamazza@unive.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2019/01/020

Submitted 01 Mar 2019
Accepted 01 Apr 2019

Abstract

This paper seeks to show how Takahashi Gen’ichirō exploits parody to show the critical function of self-reflexive literature in the novel Koisuru genpatsu. Coherently with his experience as a political activist in the sixties, Takahashi interprets literature as a revolutionary act of resistance; it can be argued that he broadly embraces the conception of art – ideally inherited by Marcuse’s aesthetic – as a space for thought and action that makes resistance to the social status quo possible. Through the analysis of significant elements of the novel’s peritexts and epitexts, this article tries to reconstruct the web of signifiers that constructs the novel, in order to show how – in Takahashi’s concept of literature - every act of speech needs to be placed in a social structure, where the agency of discursive subjects always modifies the signifying process.

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Takahashi Gen’ichirō. 3/11 Literature. Contemporary Japanese Literature. Parody.

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Mazza Caterina

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Politics, Porn and Parody in Koi suru genpatsu (2011) by Takahashi Gen’ichirō

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOr/2385-3042/2019/01/020

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This paper seeks to show how Takahashi Gen’ichirō exploits parody to show the critical function of self-reflexive literature in the novel Koisuru genpatsu. Coherently with his experience as a political activist in the sixties, Takahashi interprets literature as a revolutionary act of resistance; it can be argued that he broadly embraces the conception of art – ideally inherited by Marcuse’s aesthetic – as a space for thought and action that makes resistance to the social status quo possible. Through the analysis of significant elements of the novel’s peritexts and epitexts, this article tries to reconstruct the web of signifiers that constructs the novel, in order to show how – in Takahashi’s concept of literature - every act of speech needs to be placed in a social structure, where the agency of discursive subjects always modifies the signifying process.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 55 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2019

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2019-06-27

dc.dateAccepted

2019-03-01

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2019-04-01

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Takahashi Gen’ichirō

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3/11 Literature

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Contemporary Japanese Literature

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Parody

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