Boundless Venus: the Crossover of the Conscious and Unconscious in the Works of Haruki Murakami

Helewise, Freya (2012) Boundless Venus: the Crossover of the Conscious and Unconscious in the Works of Haruki Murakami. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Abstract

The objective of this thesis, Boundless Venus, is to examine consciousness in the works of the contemporary Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Principally the discussion concerns itself with the unconscious, its conduits, its benefits upon the conscious; which lead to the transformation of the self and structure of the literature. Although the subject has been touched upon before, the conscious and unconscious have previously been examined as exclusive concepts in Murakami. This research will be looking at the recent change in the ‘crossover’ between these concepts, which makes the concepts no longer two mutually exclusive concepts but ‘inclusive concepts’. This is vital to understanding Murakami’s more recent works and the nature of his influence on literature. Boundless Venus explores the entire works of Haruki Murakami, principally his most recent novel 1Q84 (2011) and his novels Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1991) and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (1997). It approaches the work from a psychoanalytic and critical point of view and focuses on significant narrative techniques, character development, and themes such as sex, music, and dreams, used by Murakami to explore the relationship between the conscious and unconscious and to narrate the crossover between the two.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Beyer, Charlottecbeyer@glos.ac.ukhttp://www.glos.ac.uk/faculties-and-schools/humanities/staff-profiles/pages/s2100069-charlotte-beyer.aspx
Childs, Peterpchilds@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Additional Information: Master of Arts by Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: Haruki Murakami, literary analysis; Consciousness in the writing of Haruki Murakami, Japanese contemporary literature
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Literary and Critical Studies
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 13:32
Last Modified: 18 May 2017 15:18
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2393

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