Literatures of resistance under U.S. “cultural siege”: Kazuo Ishiguro’s narratives of occupation

Sloane, Peter (2018) Literatures of resistance under U.S. “cultural siege”: Kazuo Ishiguro’s narratives of occupation. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 59 (2). pp. 154-167. ISSN 0011-1619

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Abstract

Through close readings of An Artist of the Floating World and The Remains of the Day, supported by references to his other works, this article argues that Japanese-British writer Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels betray an understated but distinct anti-American sentiment. Much has been made of the narcissism of Ishiguro’s narrators and their attempts to manipulate historical and personal records to serve their own purposes. However, one of those purposes that have gone undetected is a willful political resistance to the postwar Americanization of Japan and Europe. In other words, the article argues that the novels discussed are, in fact, works of propaganda and, further, that they evidence, with a high degree of subtlety and linguistic sophistication, Ishiguro’s own concerns that world literature and world culture more broadly were, as a result of World War II, subsumed into the American model, becoming homogenized.

Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction on 27 November 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00111619.2017.1375456.
Keywords:Anti-Americanism, Kazuo Ishiguro, Literatures of Resistance
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
ID Code:33357
Deposited On:10 Oct 2018 15:28

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