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The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami
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The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami

Matthew Carl Strecher


In general terms, this book explores the ontological status of the metaphysical world as a construct of language, culture, and experience. For the individual this is represented as the soul, the self, or as “narrative;” for the collective (culture, society) it becomes the collective unconscious, the World Soul, the mythological archetype. Specifically, this book examines how these considerations color Murakami’s depictions of the individual and collective mind/soul, which (as constructs of language) shift constantly between the tangible and the intangible, yet within the context of his literar ... More

Keywords: Murakami Haruki, contemporary Japanese literature, philosophy of language, ontology, mythology, psychology, metaphysics, global literature, literary journalism, narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816691968
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816691968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Carl Strecher, author