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    Stereotype formation and sleeping women: the misreading of Madame Chrysanthème

    Kawakami, Akane (2002) Stereotype formation and sleeping women: the misreading of Madame Chrysanthème. Forum for Modern Language Studies 38 (3), pp. 278-290. ISSN 0015-8518.

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    This article attempts to show that Pierre Loti's Madame Chrysanthème is a highly complex text, conscious of its own fin-de siècle context. His texts work both with and against the discourse of japonisme, the language of stereotype formation. The hero's ambivalent attitude towards the sleeping Chrysanthème embodies Loti's attitude towards Japan, with its conflicting desires and obligations. Such a novel was fated to be misread, but the article concludes that this, paradoxically, was the author's aim.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 13:52
    Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 13:52


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