Homeless Strangers in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro: Floating Characters in a Floating World

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This book examines the meaning of being a stranger in Kazuo Ishiguro’s six novels. It fills a gap in scholarship on the Japanese author by assessing his reception in Taiwan and Japan.


“In her introduction, Wang offers an excellent literature review of the existing scholarship on Ishiguro, with particular reference to works written in Chinese and Japanese, providing us with a glimpse of the reception of the novelist in Taiwan and Japan. This is an area largely ignored by Anglo-American critics and scholars due to language barriers. This critical assessment serendipitously endorses the novelist’s efforts in forging transcultural aesthetics and echoes what Wang has tried to argue in this study, namely, Ishiguro’s Japanese background by no means contaminates his Anglophone imagination. Approaching an Asian British writer’s literary production from such a perspective accentuates the diversity and openness of literature written in English in the era of globalization.” – Prof. Yu-cheng Lee, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

“None of the existing scholarship [on Ishiguro] has done anything like hers.” – Prof. Chun Fu, Ching Yun University

Table of Contents

Preface by Yu-cheng Lee
Introduction: Homeward Bound
1. The Unconsoled Stranger’s Vision of Home: A Pale View of Hills and An Artist of the Floating World
2. The Orphaned Stranger’s Recollection of Home: The Unconsoled and When We Were Orphans
3. The Remaining Stranger’s Vanishing Memory of Home: The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go
Conclusion: At Home in a Floating World
Works Cited

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