Lost in alienation or lost in an alien nation

alienation, otherness and intertextuality in Yahagi Toshihiko's "Rarara kagaku no ko"

Phillip Musgrave

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Abstract

A recent work of Yahagi Toshihiko, “Rarara kagaku no ko” lends itself to examination using theories of otherness, alienation and the use of intertextuality. Yahagi himself has been seen as a somewhat ‘one man activist’ and this persona of the author is imbued in these novels. This paper will determine the extent this has influenced his texts. The paper will also examine the relation between place, (with its significance in the narrative) and its position in varying time frames throughout the novel. A model of otherness set up by Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit will be utilised to examine the various othering effects Yahagi has presented in this novel, and also to see more closely the use of proper nouns and descriptions of place as well as how characters are employed in the narrative.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of the Humanities
Volume5
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit
  • Yahagi Toshihiko
  • Zenkyōtō
  • Verfremdungseffekt
  • Shibuya
  • Roppongi
  • Odaiba
  • Astroboy
  • Urashima Tarō

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