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That tendency toward solitude How Haruki Murakami's protagonists find freedom from the scientia sexualis in the life of the loner

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Description: Many critics have noted the way Haruki Murakami's loner protagonists yearn for an individual or lost identity that stands in opposition to the socially-constructed, profit-driven group-mentality of post-war Japan. Yet, none have noted the similarities between the emergence of this conformist Japanese identity and the revolutionary change in sex and sexuality that Michel Foucault articulates in The History of Sexuality Volume 1. Both can be traced to an invasive hegemony, both are said to have occurred at a specific historical period, and both make it difficult for an individual to escape their expansive influence. I argue that by utilizing loner attributes, denying confessions, and interacting with deviant guide figures, Murakami's protagonists are not only achieving autonomy from a conformist capitalist culture, but also placing themselves in a position to participate in sexual relationships free from the sexual discourses generated by Foucault's scientia sexualis.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work