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GatekeepersThe Emergence of World Literature and the 1960s$
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William Marling

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190274146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274146.001.0001

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Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami

The Prizes, Process, and Production of World Literature

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William Marling

Oxford University Press

Murakami rose through Japan’s literary prize system and small journals, winning the Gunzo Prize for Hear the Wind Sing. He then trained himself to be a translator and apprenticed by translating Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In his inter-textual word play, analyzed by Rebecca Suter, he forged a new style attractive to Japanese consumers in the Japanese Boom of the 1980s. Norwegian Wood, however, shows this style to be based on unresolved tensions from the 1960s student movement. He puts “gatekeeping” at the thematic center of his early work, but later (in 1Q84) attacks the industrialization of literature in Japan. His own assembly line approach to writing and translation, revealed by German scholars, highlights the “process and production” mode of current World Literature.

Keywords:   Haruki Murakami, literary prizes, Jay Rubin, Alfred Birnbaum, literary translation from Japanese, Japanese literary market, Banana Yoshimoto, Rebecca Suter, Norwegian Wood, Beatles

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