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WAVES INTO THE DARK: A Critical Study of Five Key Works from Ishikawa Jun’s Early Writings: The [Expanded] Table of Contents

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WAVES INTO THE DARK: A Critical Study of Five Key Works from Ishikawa Jun’s Early Writings
by R. Shaldjian Morrison

Note on the Translations

INTRODUCTION (Ishikawa Jun’s General Reception; The Literary Context: Realism/Early Naturalism/I-novel)

PART I: Two Early “Self-Portraits”

CHAPTER 1 “Kajin” (1935): I-novel Spoof as Counterdiscourse
1. 1 Introduction 1.2 Deep Intertextuality: the “Artist Novel” and the “Possession Novel” 1.3 Narrative Performativity: The Solipsistic Narrator 1.4 Stage One: The Navel 1.5 Stage Two: The “Kajin” 1.6 Stage Three: Impassivity/Death 1.7 Stage Four: Pan’s Ascendency, Pursuit of Misa 1.8 Final Scene / Epilogue 1.9 Conclusion

CHAPTER 2 “Yamazakura” (1936): Allegorical Fantasy as Counterdiscourse 
2. 1 Introduction 2.2 Fantasy Literature in Japan 2.3 “Yamazakura” as “Allegorical Fantastic” 2.4 The Hallucination-Prone “I”: Three Modes of Being 2.5 Three Lures: the “Black Manteau,” the Wild Cherry Tree, and the Boy 2.6 Crisis of Representation / The Double Role of Language 2.7 Conclusion

PART II Ishikawa’s Early Critical Writings: Bungaku taigai (1942)

CHAPTER 3: “The Structure of the Short Novel” (1940): A Non-Theory of the Non-Novel 
3.1 Introduction 3.2 The Existing Length-Based Novel Taxonomy 3.3 The Novel’s Mode of Genesis: The Popular Misconception (Zokushin) 3.4 “Thinking With the Pen” 3.5 The Novel’s Mode of Genesis: The Actual Process 3.6 Two Types of "Short Novel": Their Genealogies, Modes of Genesis, Defining Features 3.7 The Sui Generis Novel, the SLN’s “Novel-like” Parts 3.8 Conclusion

CHAPTER 4: “Form and Content in Writing” (1940): A Theory of Writing/Écriture 
4.1 Introduction 4.2 Four Universal Conditions of Writing 4.3 Normative Theory of Pure Prose/Écriture 4.4 “Unconscious Content”: Beyond the Style/Form-Content Dilemma 4.5 Conclusion

CHAPTER 5: “On the Thought Patterns of the People of Edo” (1943): Haikai Transformation as Counterdiscourse 
5.1 Introduction 5.2 Haikai / Kyōka / Tenmei / Ōta Nampo 5. 3 Edo as Opposition 5.4 “The Tale of the Maidservant Otake,” Its Foundational Texts, and Haikai Transformation 5.5 Two Contrasting “Thought Patterns”: Modern and Early Modern 5.6 The “Five Transformative Devices” (Tenkan no Sōsa) 5.6 Conclusion



Appendix: Original Translations of Two Stories and Four Critical Essays
*Kajin (Kajin, May 1935)
*The Wild Cherry Tree (Yamazakura, January 1936)
*Form and Content in Writing (Bunshō no keishiki to naiyō, May 1940)
*The Structure of the Short Story (Tampen shōsetsu no kōsei, March 1940)
*Christian Prayers, Shinto Hymns, and Prose (Kitō to norito to sanbun, May 1940)
*On the Thought Patterns of the People of Edo (Edojin no hassōhō ni tsuite, March 1943)

Reference Matter

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