Theory of Literature and Other Critical Writings (Weatherhead Books on Asia)

Theory of Literature and Other Critical Writings (Weatherhead Books on Asia)

Michael Bourdaghs


Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) was once the most important jap novelist of the 20 th century, identified for such hugely acclaimed works as Kokoro, Sanshiro, and I Am a Cat. but he begun his occupation as a literary theorist and pupil of English literature. In 1907, he released Theory of Literature, a remarkably forward-thinking try to know how and why we learn. The textual content anticipates through a long time the information and ideas of formalism, structuralism, reader-response idea, and postcolonialism, in addition to cognitive methods to literature which are merely now gaining traction.

Employing the state of the art methods of up to date psychology and sociology, Soseki created a version for learning the awake event of examining literature in addition to a conception for the way the method alterations through the years and throughout cultures. besides Theory of Literature, this quantity reproduces a later sequence of lectures and essays within which Soseki endured to strengthen his theories. by means of insisting that literary flavor is socially and traditionally made up our minds, Soseki used to be in a position to problem the prevalence of the Western canon, and through grounding his idea in medical wisdom, he used to be in a position to declare a common validity.

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