Contemporary Japanese Literature in Its Transition Towards the New Postmodern Humanism: Haruki Murakami


  • Rodica Frentiu



transition, postmodernism, new humanism, contemporary Japanese literature


Although Japan recorded no specific literary movement in the 1980s, in any classical sense of the term, we may say that today we are witnessing, in terms of our historical sensibility, a condensation of narrative viewpoints upon the present or, in other words, the transposition of the criteria of the present to another time, which is undoubtedly a consequence of the so-called “postmodern” will to reject grand narratives. This study aims to review and complete the inventory of the postmodern characteristics that specialised
literature has identified in Haruki Murakami’s works, seen from the perspective of what the author of the present paper considers to be the “new postmodern humanism.”


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Author Biography

  • Rodica Frentiu
    Associate Professor at the Department of Asian Languages, Faculty of Letters, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.


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1. 12. 2011

How to Cite

Frentiu, Rodica. 2011. “Contemporary Japanese Literature in Its Transition Towards the New Postmodern Humanism: Haruki Murakami”. Asian Studies 15 (3): 59-68.

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