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Kojin Karatani wrote the essays in "History and Repetition" during a time of radical historical change, triggered by the collapse of the Cold War and the death of the Showa emperor in 1989. Reading Karl Marx in an original way, Karatani developed a theory of history based on the repetitive cycle of crises attending the expansion and transformation of capital. His work led Kojin Karatani wrote the essays in "History and Repetition" during a time of radical historical change, triggered by the collapse of the Cold War and the death of the Showa emperor in 1989. Reading Karl Marx in an original way, Karatani developed a theory of history based on the repetitive cycle of crises attending the expansion and transformation of capital. His work led to a rigorous analysis of political, economic, and literary forms of representation that recast historical events as a series of repeated forms forged in the transitional moments of global capitalism. "History and Repetition" cemented Karatani's reputation as one of Japan's premier thinkers, capable of traversing the fields of philosophy, political economy, history, and literature in his work. The first complete translation of "History and Repetition" into English, undertaken with the cooperation of Karatani himself, this volume opens with his innovative reading of "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte," tracing Marx's early theoretical formulation of the state. Karatani follows with a study of violent crises as they recur after major transitions of power, developing his theory of historical repetition and introducing a groundbreaking interpretation of fascism (in both Europe and Japan) as the spectral return of the absolutist monarch in the midst of a crisis of representative democracy. For Karatani, fascism represents the most violent materialization of the repetitive mechanism of history. Yet he also seeks out singularities that operate outside the brutal inevitability of historical repetition, whether represented in literature or, more precisely, in the process of literature's demise. Closely reading the works of Oe Kenzaburo, Mishima Yukio, Nakagami Kenji, and Murakami Haruki, Karatani compares the recurrent and universal with the singular and unrepeatable, while advancing a compelling theory of the decline of modern literature. Merging theoretical arguments with a concrete analysis of cultural and intellectual history, Karatani's essays encapsulate a brilliant, multidisciplinary perspective on world history.


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Kojin Karatani wrote the essays in "History and Repetition" during a time of radical historical change, triggered by the collapse of the Cold War and the death of the Showa emperor in 1989. Reading Karl Marx in an original way, Karatani developed a theory of history based on the repetitive cycle of crises attending the expansion and transformation of capital. His work led Kojin Karatani wrote the essays in "History and Repetition" during a time of radical historical change, triggered by the collapse of the Cold War and the death of the Showa emperor in 1989. Reading Karl Marx in an original way, Karatani developed a theory of history based on the repetitive cycle of crises attending the expansion and transformation of capital. His work led to a rigorous analysis of political, economic, and literary forms of representation that recast historical events as a series of repeated forms forged in the transitional moments of global capitalism. "History and Repetition" cemented Karatani's reputation as one of Japan's premier thinkers, capable of traversing the fields of philosophy, political economy, history, and literature in his work. The first complete translation of "History and Repetition" into English, undertaken with the cooperation of Karatani himself, this volume opens with his innovative reading of "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte," tracing Marx's early theoretical formulation of the state. Karatani follows with a study of violent crises as they recur after major transitions of power, developing his theory of historical repetition and introducing a groundbreaking interpretation of fascism (in both Europe and Japan) as the spectral return of the absolutist monarch in the midst of a crisis of representative democracy. For Karatani, fascism represents the most violent materialization of the repetitive mechanism of history. Yet he also seeks out singularities that operate outside the brutal inevitability of historical repetition, whether represented in literature or, more precisely, in the process of literature's demise. Closely reading the works of Oe Kenzaburo, Mishima Yukio, Nakagami Kenji, and Murakami Haruki, Karatani compares the recurrent and universal with the singular and unrepeatable, while advancing a compelling theory of the decline of modern literature. Merging theoretical arguments with a concrete analysis of cultural and intellectual history, Karatani's essays encapsulate a brilliant, multidisciplinary perspective on world history.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    What can I add? Karatani-esque?!? Really liked the essay on Takeda Taijun and Sakaguchi Ango. Say what he will about the death of the author as transcendental locus of meaning--Karatani has a gift for distilling relevant bio-detail and context when he introduces dense texts and potentially turgid ideas. Ex: Takeda's particular interpretation of Buddhism, his disposition to slant given his family background, education, in context of his choice of preferred texts. Since this chapter came on the he What can I add? Karatani-esque?!? Really liked the essay on Takeda Taijun and Sakaguchi Ango. Say what he will about the death of the author as transcendental locus of meaning--Karatani has a gift for distilling relevant bio-detail and context when he introduces dense texts and potentially turgid ideas. Ex: Takeda's particular interpretation of Buddhism, his disposition to slant given his family background, education, in context of his choice of preferred texts. Since this chapter came on the heels of a discussion that rather levelled Zen buddhism and explored the common intellectual potentials of (monotheisms both) Christianity and True Land Buddhism in Tokugawa, it was well sequenced. Also, though sometimes it seems Karatani has not actually read the books he is talking about, his close readings of both Murakami-H and Oe were intricate, and I could see how they connected lit analysis to KK's mania for singularity and history as multiple asymmetries. Essays are more polished and less jumpy-around than _Origins_, but I suppose one has thirty years of refining and experience to thank for that, as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cemalettin Kara

    Tarihin olay olarak değik olgu olarak belirli bir döngüyle tekrar ettiği fikrini Japonya tarihi üzerinden anlatılıyor. Bu fikri ve Japonya tarihi üzerine merakı olanlara tavsiye ederim.

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