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Disruptions of Daily LifeJapanese Literary Modernism in the World$
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Arthur M. Mitchell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752919

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752919.001.0001

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Against the National Literary Narrative

Against the National Literary Narrative

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(p.238) Coda Against the National Literary Narrative
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Disruptions of Daily Life
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Arthur M. Mitchell

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752919.003.0006

This chapter explains how the modernist works treated in the previous chapters can be juxtaposed in their response to the formation of gender and narration in the modern novel. It demonstrates how modernist fiction can and should be extracted from the nationally inscribed literary histories, or in fact how the works themselves contain the seeds of these narratives' deconstruction. National literary histories exaggerate the power of the literary works while simultaneously circumscribing their literary value within the chronologies of history. At work in the elaboration of national literature is a forgetfulness of how and why modernist works were so perverse. Recovering the radically disruptive essence of modernist fiction by delineating its contortions of social ideology allows us to activate anew its critical capacity and bring it to bear upon our own daily lives.

Keywords:   modernist fiction, gender, narration, national literary histories, literary value, national literature, social ideology

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