Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Anthony Purdy
This thesis considers the everyday life practices portrayed in Murakarni Haruki’s short story collection The Elephant Vanishes and Wong Kar-wai’s two films Chungking Express and Fallen Angels. Doi Takeo’s theorization of amae, or the dependency drive, provides an explanatory framework for these practices. Arguing for the subversiveness of amae in these works, the thesis further explores the tactical nature of everyday “poaching” and, in the process, brings Doi in dialogue with Maurice Blanchot, Michel de Certeau and Marc Augé. Finally, drawing on the fundamental Unfulfillability of amae as the wish to be close to the mother’s womb, the focus shifts to the impossibility of home in the world of supermodernity. By interrogating these works as driven by the dynamics of a culture that exists alongside traditional conceptions of “Western” or “Asian” culture, the thesis attempts to address some of the criticisms these two artists have faced and to show that the imagined inviolable origin of a culture is dissolving
Cheng, Xi, "THE EVERYDAY IN MURAKAMI HARUKI AND WONG KAR-WAI: A WIND-UP WORLD OF AMAE" (2010). Digitized Theses. 4377.