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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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Markings in the Sand

Markings in the Sand

On Suna no onna

(p.11) One Markings in the Sand
Beyond Nation

Richard F. Calichman

Stanford University Press

This chapter sets forth the general force of the notion of writing in Suna no onna by conceiving it beyond its conventional determination as an act performed by a human subject. What is most urgently at stake in writing can be approached in the terms of ontology, in which being articulates or determines itself at every moment through a marking that can no longer be understood as purely self-identical. Abe provides an important hint for this rethinking of writing in his repeated references to the concept of time. Writing names an instant of contact or relationality between disparate entities, and this contact leaves behind a trace of itself that can be read thereafter. In this regard, writing points to an impure temporality in which past, present, and future reveal themselves to be strangely interwoven.

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

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