The Bulletin of the Thomas Hardy Society of Japan
Co-Editors N. Ayuzawa, S. Fukasawa, A Niitsuma, A Tamai
Briefly reviewed by Rosemarie Morgan (November 14 2004)
Essays in Japanese pp 1-118.
"The Repressed Desire of Clym Yeobright", by Chen Ya (119-132) discusses a forward-thinking, Lacanian view of Clym's Oedipal desire to enact his mother's desires.
"Distorted Reality in The Return of the Native" by Yukimitsu Namiki (133-145) refutes the banal conclusions of Garson and Boumelha who claim that Eustacia is reduced to an (ignoble) ordinary housewife at the last.
"Unwelcome Eroticism: A Child Tess" by Miyuki Kamezawa (146- 157) - - -a radical & critically- important essay questioning Western perceptions of pedophilia, Jane Marcus' "distorted" views of Tess and Hardy's treatment of the eroticism of the child-woman, Tess. An enlightening essay.
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles: An Evolutionary Tragedy, " by Michiko Seimiya (158-169) looks at Hardy, Huxley & Utilitarianism.
"Synopses of the Articles Written in Japanese" by Yukinobu Satake (170-77) summarises the essays in Japanese on language in Jude, protagonists in Hardy's novels, textual studies of Hardy's novels, the "personification of Nature " in FFMC, wifesale in MC, "The Bildungsroman of Angel Clare" and some comments on Life's Little Ironies.
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