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100 1  Clay, Christopher Sewall 
245 10 Soseki and the moral imagination:  "Mon", "Kokoro", and 
       "Michikusa" (Japan, Natsume Soseki) 
300    160 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-
       03, Section: A, page: 1003 
500    Director:  Edwin McClellan 
502    Thesis (Ph.D.)--Yale University, 2005 
520    This dissertation is a study of the moral imagination in 
       three of the late novels of Natsume Soseki (1867--1916):  
       Mon (The gate; 1910); Kokoro (The heart; 1914); and 
       Michikusa (Grass on the wayside; 1915). Situating Soseki's
       fictional project within the international literary 
       movement of modernism, the dissertation advances an 
       analytic of the moral imagination corresponding to the 
       tradition of moral enquiry that includes Aristotle and 
       Augustine. In modernity the reflective subject of 
       interiority, which has traditionally been predicated on a 
       teleological narrative of virtue, is divorced from the 
       communities of moral reflection and instruction necessary 
       to sustain that interiority and avoid despair and 
       meaninglessness. Soseki's three late novels examine the 
       attempts of the modern self of interiority to respond to a
       universe that is increasingly perceived either as 
       indifferent, the empty universe of nihilism, or as hostile,
       the universe of gnosticism. Mon portrays the fall into 
       modernity as an entrapment in a dialectic between the 
       obligations of an ethical self, whose teleology is 
       conceived in relation to the family, and the desire for 
       release from the ironies of fate through the pursuit of 
       sublime experience. Kokoro examines the possibilities of 
       an ethical response to the mediation of desire and its 
       engendering of the community of violence. In the savagely 
       ironic cosmos of Michikusa , the protagonist Kenzo 
       struggles for literary creativity only to uncover, through
       his inability to escape the twin entrapments of history 
       and the family, the gnosis of his true identity as a 
       secret agent of death and sterility 
590    School code: 0265 
590    DDC 
650  4 Literature, Asian 
650  4 Literature, Modern 
690    0305 
690    0298 
710 20 Yale University 
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