The Linguistic Turn in Contemporary Japanese Literary Studies: Politics, Language, Textuality. Edited and with an introduction by Michael K. Bourdaghs. Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2010. viii, 299 pages. $70.00, cloth; $26.00, paper. Reviewed by Atsuko Ueda Princeton University The Linguistic Turn in Contemporary Japanese Literary Studies is another wonderful addition of critical essays to our field of Japan studies. It is comprised of translations of Japanese scholarly essays as well as original English-language works, all of which, in one way or another, thematize and/ or embody the notion of the "linguistic turn" experienced in the 1970s and 1980s. What constitutes this "linguistic turn" is eloquently and incisively delineated by Michael Bourdaghs's brilliant introduction: it was a movement from sakuhinron (studies of a single work) to tekusutoron, a reading of works as "texts" based on: the adaptations of concepts and methodologies originally developed in the realm of linguistics, be it in the structuralism of Saussure, the dialogism of Volosinov and Bakhtin, the theories of linguistic subjectivity derived from the work of Benveniste, or the analyses of codes, message, and poetic function carried out by Jakobson and the Prague School. (p. 5) The change in methodology, which
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