Reading Against Culture

Reading Against Culture

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Reading against Culture starts from the problem that a concept of ?culture? is both destructive and necessary. Culture constitutes the environment within which self develops and interacts with other; as a closed environment of self-identity, however, culture inevitably implies alterity and exclusion. David Pollack proposes that only by reading ?against? culture--both by understanding how our involvement in it conditions our writing and reading, and by understanding how its inclusion of self entails the exclusion of other--can we begin to resist the hegemonic impulse inherent in reading across cultures.In a 1969 essay concerning the overall structure of the tetralogy he was then in the midst of writing, Mishima notes that he had long ... that could accommodate the very largest themes: aquot;the human lifespan, heredity, generational change, history, epic, war ... 4 He had found a vehicle for some of these notions, Mishima continues, in the appearance in 1964 of a modern ... ChAlnagon monogatari)5 as aquot;a love-story . . . whose plot is carried forward by the devices of dream and reincarnation.

Title:Reading Against Culture
Author: David Pollack
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 1992-01-01

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