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Proceedings 2017, 1(9), 1087;

The Aesthetics and Poetics of the Image in Japanese Culture. An Example from the Literary Tradition: Yukiguni [Snow Country]

Department of Education Studies, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Presented at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference IMMAGINI? Image and Imagination between Representation, Communication, Education and Psychology, Brixen, Italy, 27–28 November 2017.
Published: 28 November 2017
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The novels of Yasunari Kawabata (1899–1972) have no well-constructed plot, but rather a series of situations that emerge directly from images, in a sort of concrete visual thought that overshadows the storyline. Yukiguni [Snow Country], his masterpiece, is known for its elliptical style. It consists of a series of impressions. The writer chose to omit all specific points of reference in order to maintain an evocative, rather than an assertive, register. Some images create a very expressive atmosphere. Snow Country comprises a series of visions generated poetically that communicate certain impressions, and it illustrates a quasi-cinematic mode of writing with images or painting with written words.
Keywords: aesthetics; poetics; narrative; representation aesthetics; poetics; narrative; representation
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Ricca, L. The Aesthetics and Poetics of the Image in Japanese Culture. An Example from the Literary Tradition: Yukiguni [Snow Country]. Proceedings 2017, 1, 1087.

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