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Beyond NationTime, Writing, and Community in the Work of Abe K=ob=o$
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Richard Calichman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804797016

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804797016.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Beyond Nation

Richard F. Calichman

Stanford University Press

This chapter introduces the main themes of the book: time, writing, and community. Through a reading of Abe’s 1946 poem “Jikan to kūkan” [Time and Space], a notion of ecstatic time is introduced in which succession or temporal movement is made possible on the basis of time standing outside itself. Writing appears as the instance of spatiality or materiality that must remain in order for time to be recognized as such. Finally, the notion of community is explained in such a way as to reveal the manner in which all given communities exist as incessantly exposed to temporal movement and the concomitant threat to identity

Keywords:   Abe Kōbō, time, writing, community, Japanese literature

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