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The Woman with the Flying Head and Other Stories by Kuraha : Japanese Women Writing - Kurahashi Yumiko

The Woman with the Flying Head and Other Stories by Kuraha

Japanese Women Writing

Hardcover

Published: 1997
For Ages: 18 years old
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This is the first English-language anthology dedicated to he short stories of Kurahashi Yumiko (1935-), a Japanese novelist of profound intellectual powers. The eleven stories included in this volume suggest the breadth of the author's literary production, ranging from parodies of classical Japanese literature to cosmopolitan avant-garde works, from quasi-autobiography to science fiction. Her subversive fiction defies established definitions of "literature", "Japan", "modernity", and "femininity" and represents an important intellectual aspect of modern Japanese women's literature.

Eleven dreamlike, often surreal stories published between 1963 and 1991 by Yumiko, a Japanese woman novelist whose emotionally charged prose and Gothic-expressionist sensibility suggest the probably influence of Poe. Yumiko's characters include women, amused and aroused by their sexual power, whose imaginative conjoinings with animals and supernatural beings, as well as with more conventional lovers, are vividly described in such disturbing tales as "The House of the Black Cat" and the wry title story, a skillful symbolic exploration of the "war" between mind and body. And "The Long Passage of Dreams" shows Yumiko's novelistic skill, in a richly developed portrayal of a daughter tormented by the conflicting influences of her dying father and surviving mother, and how she "dreams" her way to choosing between them, Thoughtful and provocative fiction from an obviously accomplished writer of whom one hopes we'll hear much more. (Kirkus Reviews)

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
An Extraterrestrialp. 3
We Are Loversp. 29
The House of the Black Catp. 39
The Woman with the Flying Headp. 45
The Tradep. 53
The Witch Maskp. 59
Spring Night Dreamsp. 67
The Passage of Dreamsp. 77
The Special Placep. 89
Flower Abstractionp. 97
The Long Passage of Dreamsp. 105
List of Japanese Sources of the Translated Worksp. 157
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ISBN: 9780765601575
ISBN-10: 0765601575
Series: Japanese Women Writing
Audience: General
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 122
Published: 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41