Loneliness as the New Human Condition in Murakami Ryū's In za miso sūpu
Otaku-ness, space, violence and sexuality
Keywords:Japanese literature, Heisei literature, loneliness, Murakami Ryū, Kabuki-chō, Tokyo, otaku
This article analyses how loneliness is depicted as a diagnosis of the time in Murakami Ryū’s (born 1952) hard-boiled novel In za miso sūpu (In the miso soup). Three conceptualisations of loneliness are hermeneutically analysed to show how loneliness is narrated and contextualised. As the analysis reveals, loneliness functions as an utterance of crisis experiences and of perceived insecurities and highlights socio-psychological phenomena considered characteristic of 1990s Japan.
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