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Beyond Nation: Time, Writing, and Community in the Work of Abe K=ob=o

Richard Calichman


This book offers a rereading of the well-known Japanese writer Abe Kōbō, focusing on his essays as well as his fiction. Central attention is devoted to the concepts of time, writing, and community. For Abe, following Heidegger, the question of ontology was to be understood on the basis of time. Time, conceived ecstatically as that which is always outside of itself, demands that all temporal entities in the world be understood as bereft of any proper or original identity. In this account, identity can only be attributed retroactively in a movement that helps reveal the disjointed nature of time ... More

Keywords: Abe Kōbō time writing community Japanese literature racism nationalism deconstruction

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804797016
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804797016.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Calichman, author
City College of New York

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