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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Kazuo Ishiguro

New Critical Visions of the Novels

ISBN 9780230232372
Publication Date September 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the finest contemporary authors who possesses that increasingly rare distinction of being a writer who is both popular with the general reading public and well-respected within the academic community. Kazuo Ishiguro: New Critical Visions of the Novels presents eighteen fresh perspectives on the author's work that will appeal to those who read him for pleasure or for purposes of study.

Established and rising critics reassess Ishiguro's works from the early 'Japanese' novels through to his short story cycle Nocturnes, paying particular attention to The Remains of the Day, The Unconsoled, When We Were Orphans and Never Let Me Go. They address universal themes such as history, memory and mortality, but also provide groundbreaking explorations of diverse areas ranging from the posthuman and 'minor literature' to ethics, science fiction and Ishiguro's musical imagination.

Featuring an insightful interview with Ishiguro himself, this collection of essays constitutes a significant contribution to the appreciation of his novels, and forms a lively and nuanced constellation of critical enquiry.

Preface by Brian W. Shaffer. Essays by: Jeannette Baxter, Caroline Bennett, Christine Berberich, Lydia R. Cooper, Sebastian Groes, Meghan Marie Hammond, Tim Jarvis, Barry Lewis, Liani Lochner, Christopher Ringrose, Victor Sage, Andy Sawyer, Motoyuki Shibata, Gerry Smyth, Krystyna Stamirowska, Motoko Sugano, Patricia Waugh, Alyn Webley.

SEBASTIAN GROES is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Roehampton University, UK. 
BARRY LEWIS is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sunderland, UK. 

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Preface; B.Shaffer
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: 'It's Good Manners Really': Kazuo Ishiguro and the Ethic of Empathy; S.Groes & B.Lewis
Kazuo Ishiguro's Not Too Late Modernism; P.Waugh
The Pedagogics of Liminality: Rites of Passage in the Work of Kazuo Ishiguro; V.Sage
Lost and Found: On the Japanese Translations of Kazuo Ishiguro; M.Shibata
'One Word from You Could Alter the Course of Everything': Discourse and Identity in the Work of Kazuo Ishiguro; K.Stamirowska
'In the Best of Faith': Kazuo Ishiguro's An Artist if the Floating World in Japan; M.Sugano
'Cemeteries are No Places for Young People': The Representation of the Child in Kazuo Ishiguro's Early Works; C.Bennett
'I Can't Even Say I made My Own Mistakes': the Ethics of Genre in Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day; M.Hammond
Novelistic Practice and Ethical Philosophy in Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day; L.Cooper
Reading Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day: Working Through England's Traumatic Past as a Critique of Thacherism; C.Berberich
Into the Labyrinth: Reading Ishiguro's Surrealist Poetics in The Unconsoled; J.Baxter
Waiting for the performance to Begin: Kazuo Ishiguro's Musical magination in The Unconsoled and Nocturnes; G.Smyth
Into Ever Stranger Territories: Kazuo Ishiguro's The Unconsoled as Minor Literature; T.Jarvis
'In the End it has to Shatter': Ironic Doubleness of Kazuo Ishiguro's When We Were Orphans; C.Ringrose
When We Were Orphans:
The Double Bind and the Vocational Imperative; A.Webley
The Concertina Effect in Kazuo ishiguro's Never Let Me Go; B.Lewis
Something of a Lost Corner: The Representation of East Anglia in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go; S.Groes
'Okay, this is as far as we can go': Scientific Discourse in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go; L.Lochner
Never Let Me Go
and 'Outsider' Science Fiction; A.Sawyer
The New Seriousness: Kazuo Ishiguro in Conversation with Sebastian Groes

JEANNETTE BAXTER Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
CAROLINE BENNETT Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Liverpool Hope University, UK
CHRISTINE BERBERICH Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Portsmouth, UK
LYDIA R. COOPER Visiting Assistant Professor of American Literature, Monmouth College, USA
MEGHAN MARIE HAMMOND Doctoral Candidate in English Literature, New York University, USA
LIANI LOCHNER Doctoral Candidate in English and Related Literature, University of York, UK
SEAN MATTHEWS (Consultant Editor) Director of Humanities, University of Nottingham's Malaysia campus, Malaysia
CHRISTOPHER RINGROSE Principal Lecturer in English and Head of Learning and Teaching in the Arts, University of Northampton, UK
VICTOR SAGE Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of East Anglia, UK
ANDY SAWYER Librarian of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection and Course Director of the MA in Science Fiction Studies, University of Liverpool, UK
BRIAN W. SHAFFER Professor of English and Dean of Academic Affairs, Rhodes College, Memphis, USA
MOTYUKI SHIBATA Professor of American Literature, University of Tokyo, Japan
GERRY SMYTH Reader in Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
KRYSTYNA STAMIROWSKA Professor of English Literature, Jagiellonian University, Poland
MOTOKO SUGANO Teaches at Takushoku University, Tokyo, Japan
PATRICIA WAUGH Professor of English Literature, Durham University, UK
ALYN WEBLEY Freelance Reviewer and Reader, Welsh Books Council, UK



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