Yokota-Murakami: Mother-Tongue in Modern Japanese Literature & Criticism

Takayuki Yokota-Murakami, former member of the ICLA theory committee, published Mother-Tongue in Modern Japanese Literature and Criticism: Toward a New Polylingual Poetics. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, the book examines how early research on literary activities outside national literatures such as émigré literature or diasporic literature conceived of the loss of ‘mother-tongue’ as a tragedy, and how it perpetuated the ideology of national language by relying on the dichotomy of native language/foreign language. Yokota-Murakami transcends these limitations by examining modern Japanese literature and literary criticism through modern philology, the vernacularisation movement, and Korean-Japanese literature.