Title VOICES OF THE PAST: THE STATUS OF LANGUAGE IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY JAPANESE DISCOURSE.
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good
Jacket Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Ithaca Cornell University 1992
0801425808 / 9780801425806
Seller ID 29889
349 pp, 9 1/2" H. "Toward the end of the seventeenth century, Naoki Sakai maintans, a radical change took place in Japanese discourse - the sudden emergence of multiple new possibilities of conceptualizing the world. In this brilliant and searching reinterpretation of the cultural history of the Tokugawa period, Sakai traces this shift from puppet theater to Confucian commentary. He asserts that during this time a new emphasis was placed on textual performance, practice, and communication, and he illuminates its ethical and political consequences. Sakai draws upon the insights of recent critical theory as he explores the historical consciousness of texts and the self-consciousness of language itself. Analyzing the conditions of discourse formation, he seeks to suggest how language may be used to inform historical investigation. He first considers the Confucian philosopher Ito Jinsai's critiques of Neo-Confucianism. Showing how the historical other was constructed and theorized, Sakai discusses key works of visual art, performance pieces, poetry, and 'wakun', a genre of graphic translation. Finally, he considers writings representative of intellectual movements that began to construct the identity of the Japanese language and culture." Light waviness to edges of text block, small bump at bottom of front hinge, very minoredge wear. Dust jacket has wrinkling at bottom of spine and very light wrinkling at top of spine, very light rubbing.