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Yoko Tawada, ou le Comparatisme. L’œuvre et la critique en dialogue

Abstract : Contemporary bilingual writer Yoko Tawada has received much critical acclaim for both her German and her Japanese literary work since 30 years now. Her hybrid writing between genres, languages, cultures and literatures, defined by a characteristic self reflexive and metalinguistic stance, is an ideal research topic for Comparative Literature. However, it has yet to be thoroughly studied by comparatists. In our thesis, we endeavour to fill part of this gap by connecting Tawada’s writing to comparative research fields and issues, in order for them to shed light on each other. Thus we aim to demonstrate what we can gain from a real dialogue between the researcher and its object of study. The first step will be to assess the meaningfulness and use of a comparative approach in the case of Tawada’s literature. Then, we will mimic the writer’s own self reflexive gesture in order to analyse the relationship between literary work and criticism and determine how they might benefit each other. Afterwards, we will study closely the epistemological and literary uses of space and passage, two crucial notions both for Comparatism and Tawada’s writing, before focusing on a more specific geographical and cultural space: that of Europe, which is also central to the writer’s literary journey as well as the very definition of Comparative Literature. Lastly, we will close with a study of Tawada’s thought-provoking take on the Gordian knot of Comparative Literature: literary translation and literature in translation.
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Tom Rigault-Gonsho. Yoko Tawada, ou le Comparatisme. L’œuvre et la critique en dialogue. Littératures. Sorbonne Université, 2018. Français. ⟨tel-01956519⟩

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