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Across MeridiansHistory and Figuration in Karen Tei Yamashita's Transnational Novels$
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Jinqi Ling

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778015

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778015.001.0001

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(p.189) Conclusion
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Across Meridians
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778015.003.0007

This chapter sums up the findings of this study on the works of Japanese-American writer Karen Tei Yamashita. It discusses the problem of interpretively establishing Yamashita as a global novelist, and highlights the need to listen to the specificity of her voice as an ethics of interpreting the meaning and significance of her novels. The chapter discusses Derek Attridge's opinion about the universality of a literary work and argues that elevating Yamashita to the status of a transhistorical icon of literary or critical universality may not be the best way to do justice to the importance of her works.

Keywords:   Karen Tei Yamashita, global novelist, Derek Attridge, universality, transhistorical icon, critical universality

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