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dc.contributor.authorMori, Ogai
dc.contributor.editorWatson, Burton
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-04T09:27:32Z
dc.date.available2021-01-04T09:27:32Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifierONIX_20210104_9780472901418_9
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/45951
dc.description.abstractMori Ogai (1862–1922), one of the giants of modern Japanese literature, wrote The Wild Goose at the turn of the century. Set in the early 1880s, it was, for contemporary readers, a nostalgic return to a time when the nation was embarking on an era of dramatic change. Ogai’s narrator is a middle-aged man reminiscing about an unconsummated affair, dating to his student days, between his classmate and a young woman kept by a moneylender. At a time when writers tended to depict modern, alienated male intellectuals, the characters of The Wild Goose are diverse, including not only students preparing for a privileged intellectual life and members of the plebeian classes who provide services to them, but also a pair of highly developed female characters. The author’s sympathetic and penetrating portrayal of the dilemmas and frustrations faced by women in this early period of Japan’s modernization makes the story of particular interest to readers today. Ogai was not only a prolific and popular writer, but also a protean figure in early modern Japan: critic, translator, physician, military officer, and eventually Japan’s Surgeon General. His rigorous and broad education included the Chinese classics as well as Dutch and German; he gained admittance to the Medical School of Tokyo Imperial University at the age of only fifteen. Once established as a military physician, he was sent to Germany for four years to study aspects of European medicine still unfamiliar to the Japanese. Upon his return, he produced his first works of fiction and translations of English and European literature. Ogai’s writing is extolled for its unparalleled style and psychological insight, nowhere better demonstrated than in The Wild Goose.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMichigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies
dc.subject.otherJapanes studies
dc.titleThe Wild Goose
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.3998/mpub.18520
oapen.relation.isPublishedBye07ce9b5-7a46-4096-8f0c-bc1920e3d889
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_nameUniversity of Michigan Press
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_websitehttps://www.press.umich.edu/
oapen.relation.isFundedBy0314e571-4102-4526-b014-3ed8f2d6750a
virtual.oapen_relation_isFundedBy.grantor_name National Endowment for the Humanities
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virtual.oapen_relation_isFundedBy.grantor_name Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
oapen.series.number14
oapen.pages181
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