Some scholars would seem to think that methodologies (systems of methods used to focus on particular areas of study) never alter. Other scholars know that the methods change as the area under study enlarges and that ways of looking at the subject are always being transformed by the subject itself.

Scholar Haruo Shirane knows this particularly well and here elucidates some recent methodological arrivals in this interesting collection of papers on the “new horizons” in Japanese literary studies.

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