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

Caterina Mazza    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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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.

Published
June 27, 2019
Accepted
April 1, 2019
Submitted
March 1, 2019
Language
EN

Keywords: 3/11 LiteratureContemporary Japanese LiteratureTakahashi Gen’ichirōParody

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