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An analysis of the work of Kazuo Ishiguro, his biculturalism and his contribution to New Internationalism

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dc.contributor.author Slabbert M en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:56:15Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:56:15Z
dc.date.created 1995 en
dc.date.submitted 1998 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/66673
dc.description.abstract This study was prompted principally by two events: reading Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day" (1989), and encountering Pico lyer's "Time" article "The Empire Writes Back" (1993), lyer argues that the late twentieth century has been witness to an important event in the world of literature: the emergence of a new generation of writers writing in English, but not necessarily originating from British-colonial (or post- colonial) backgrounds. Among the writers lyer mentions are Vikram Seth, Michael Ondaatje, Ben Okri and - most notably - Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro was born in Japan but immigrated with his parents to the United Kingdom at the age of six. This study focuses on his biculturalism and the impact that his mixed upbringing has had on his style and thematic concerns. This forms the principal focus of the first part of the study. The influence of Japanese writers, that of Japanese film and, finally, that of the European literary tradition are looked at in turn. The core of this study is a comparative analysis of Ishiguro's first three novels: "A Pale View of Hills" (1982), "An Artist of the Floating World" (1986), and "The Remains of the Day" (1989). Here certain common pre-occupations are identified and discussed - chiefly, Ishiguro's concern with memory, with constructions of the past, and his use of "unreliable" first-person narrators. It is argued that Ishiguro returns insistently to these thematic concerns in his first three novels, and that they can therefore be seen as constituting a three-part exploration of the notion of memory, of "reconstructing" the past. A separate chapter briefly examines Ishiguro's most recent work, "The Unconsoled" (1995), in which these themes are once again present, although they are bodied forth in a strikingly different style. The purpose of examining this novel is mainly to illustrate its formal and stylistic divergence from the first three (far more successful) novels - a divergence which in turn serves to throw into relief the thematic integrity of the first three novels. The study concludes by drawing together the discussion of the first three novels before moving on to a consideration of Ishiguro's place in what has become known as "New internationalism". Here it is argued that Ishiguro's work has important resemblances to that of other writers loosely grouped into this literary movement and that he deserves his place among this illustrious group of writers who are changing the face of world literature written in English. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Sociology of literature en
dc.title An analysis of the work of Kazuo Ishiguro, his biculturalism and his contribution to New Internationalism en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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