An Affective Topography of Contemporary Tokio in Yoriko Shōno’s Novel Taimu Surippu Konbināto [Time Slip Kombinat] Cover Image
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Afektywna topografia współczesnego Tokio w powieści Yoriko Shōno „Kombinat zakrzywionej czasoprzestrzeni” (Taimu surippu konbināto )
An Affective Topography of Contemporary Tokio in Yoriko Shōno’s Novel Taimu Surippu Konbināto [Time Slip Kombinat]

Author(s): Beata Kubiak Ho-Chi
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Psychology, Geography, Regional studies, Human Geography, Fiction, Studies of Literature, Sociology, Novel, Individual Psychology, Globalization
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: contemporary Japanese literature; Yoriko Shōno; Tokio; affect

Summary/Abstract: Kubiak Ho-Chi reads Yoriko Shōno’s novel ‘Time Slip Kombinat” (1994) in the light of Brian Massumi’s theory of affect. She highlights the importance of affect and the cognitive potential of studying the emotional interaction between the individual and the place (Tokyo) in Shōno’s novel. She also emphasizes the correspondence between the chaos of the city and the chaos of feelings, which becomes apparent in the novelistic world after the industrial catastrophe. While Shōno is still untranslated into Polish, in Japan she is counted among the most revolutionary contemporary writers. Saturated with an atmosphere of surrealism and a nightmarish combination of dream and wakefulness, her experimental prose represents a postmodern Japan as well as a modern individual lost in the globalized world, filled with fear and lacking all faith in the future.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 265-284
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish