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Blindness in the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro: dignity or denial?

Abstract : Kazuo Ishiguro's novels An Artist of the Floating World and The Remains of the Day feature narrators who are blind to the changing social values post-WWII and in denial about mistakes they made before the conflict. This study asks if the protagonists are victims of outmoded social mores or if they are active agents in their own delusion, complicit in the cultural problems that form the context for war itself. Despite Ishiguro borrowing heavily from Freudian psychoanalytic theory, the novels are less realist than many assume, exploring the ways in which individuals tell themselves stories about the past in a manner that foregrounds narrative technique. Drawing upon his hybrid cultural background, the novels comprise a postmodern questioning of the way we represent culture (British and Japanese), as well as a warning about the dangers of unquestioning loyalty to the nation. This study will show how Ishiguro's narrators are not the masters of their own destiny they believe themselves to be, but playing minor roles in a (hi)story they are powerless to control.
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James Dalrymple. Blindness in the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro: dignity or denial?. Literature. 2011. ⟨dumas-00932137⟩

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