Between Reading and Writing
This study offers new insight into the intellectual and artistic development of the author by focusing on a lesser known yet significant body of work: his essays and critical texts. The book is, on the one hand, an attempt to follow the path of thinking delineated by Endō Shūsaku himself and, on the other, a methodological approach to literary studies based on the application of selected categories of Paul Ricœur’s hermeneutics. Thus, the book accentuates the problem of subjectivity and personhood in Endō’s works, ultimately exploring the question, Who is the one who asks about evil?
About the author
Justyna Weronika Kasza is a researcher in Japanese language, literature and culture. She was previously based at the University of Central Lancashire from 2011 to 2015, where she taught Japanese language and culture. She received support from the Japan Foundation Doctoral Scheme (2008-2009) at the Sophia University in Tokyo and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grant for Research Projects (2015). Her interests include the life and works of the contemporary Japanese writer Endō Shūsaku, Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutics in reading Japanese literature, life-writing narratives and the notion of the ‘self’ and ‘subjectivity’ in Japan, and the reception of the works of the French writer François Mauriac in Japan.
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