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Artists of the Floating World: Contemporary Writings Between Cultures

Artists of the Floating World: Contemporary Writings Between Cultures (Paperback)

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This work analyzes the fiction of four contemporary multicultural writers who render a 'floating world' in which cultures converge or collide in unexpected, exciting, and dangerous ways. The novels and short stories of Kazuo Ishiguro, Bessie Head, Bharati Mukherjee, and Salman Rushdie explore a literal and metaphorical floating world (adapted from the Japanese concept of 'ukiyo'-a still-point between briefly-held earthly pleasures and spiritual immutability) where the characters, like their authors, are poised between conflicting worlds, cultures, and traditions. The manner in which these four authors articulate such a 'floating' experience, Burton argues, enriches our understanding and appreciation of the increasingly interconnected world around us.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 - Publisher: University Press of America Publication Date: 16/11/2006 ISBN-13: 9780761835998  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Rob Burton is Professor of English at California State University, Chico. He received his Ph. D. in English from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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