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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.', Asian and African studies., XV (3). pp. 111-130.


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.

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Publisher statement:©: FUSAKO INNAMI This paper is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
Date accepted:30 November 2011
Date deposited:06 April 2016
Date of first online publication:2011
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