The Departing Body: Creation of the Neutral in-between Sensual Bodies

Innami, Fusako (2011) The Departing Body: Creation of the Neutral in-between Sensual Bodies. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 15 (3). pp. 111-130. ISSN 1745-2538

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Abstract

This paper investigates the Japanese concept of ma/aida, the space in-between, discussed by French author Roland Barthes as the Neutral, not signifying the medium of the opposite poles but the bare existence. It first analyzes how the discourse of contiguous relationships and the space between others has functioned in modern and postwar Japan, and further employs the works of the Japanese female writer Matsuura Rieko as counterexamples, with particular emphasis on the space between the sensual and the sexual. It provides a fresh view on the conceptions of space and indirectness between and within the body.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Uncontrolled Keywords: space-in-between,selfhood,sensual and sexual,passivity,skinship
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 10:36
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 23:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/51773
DOI: 10.4312/as.2011.15.3.111-130

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