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Bodies and Economic Violences in Contemporary Japanese Fiction

Absence, Change, and Empowerment in Yū Miri, Murata Sayaka, and Kawakami Mieko

Jordi Serrano-Muñoz    El Colegio de México, México    

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abstract

This paper explores how different ways of articulating the idea of the body in contemporary Japanese literature are inscribed within a paradigm of criticism against ongoing modes of economic violence. The goal is to explore three ways of articulating the body represented in these works: change and adaptation to neoliberal demands in the case of Murata Sayaka’s Konbini ningen (Convenience Store Woman), a quest for empowerment in Kawakami Mieko’s Natsu monogatari (Breasts and Eggs), and the invisibilization of poverty in Yū Miri’s JR Ueno eki kōen guchi (Tokyo Ueno Station).

Published
Oct. 21, 2021
Accepted
July 8, 2021
Submitted
June 30, 2021
Language
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-460-8
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