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This Perversion Called Love: Reading Tanizaki, Feminist Theory, and Freud

Margherita Long

Abstract

This book positions one of Japan's most canonical and best translated twentieth-century authors at the center of contemporary debates in feminism. Examining sexual perversion in Tanizaki's aesthetic essays, cultural criticism, cinema writings, and short novels from the 1930s, it argues that Tanizaki understands human subjectivity in remarkably Freudian terms, but that he is much more critical than Freud about what it means for the possibility of love. According to Tanizaki, perversion involves not the proliferation of interesting gender positions, but rather the tragic absence of even two sexe ... More

Keywords: perversion, Tanizaki, feminist theory, feminism, Freud, Japan, Japanese cultural studies, human subjectivity, love

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804762335
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762335.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margherita Long, author