Msu Iah 207

Topics: Banana Yoshimoto Pages: 3 (739 words) Published: October 15, 2012
Cultural Context
* Transformations of everyday life:
* Diverse approaches to the popular culture:
* --- How to take a new position in handling the unexpected loss at a personal level: * --- To focus on healing instead of agony:
* --- To discuss serious issues in straight forward language: * Yoshimoto Banana
* Yoshimoto Mahoko
* Her father has a successful career as a poet and critic * Love of popular fiction, Japanese manage comics pop music * Graduated from Nihon University in 1987
* “Kitchen”
* Works: 12 novels and 7collections of essays
* “Kitchen” (1987)
1. What does the narrator (mikage) like? --- Kitchens
* “The place I like best in this world is the kitchen”. Why does she like kitchen?
* --- Functional: It is a place to make food.
What is the reason for her to like “dirty kitchens”? --- a dirty kitchen means this kitchen has been used frequently used by many people Why does she like the large kitchen with a giant refrigerator? --- A large kitchen could satisfy her to prepare food for the whole winter * --- Psychological: she could sleep after the loss.

* Love of kitchen
How does she describe herself in relation to the kitchen at this point? * --- “Now only the kitchen and I are left. It’s just a little nicer than being all alone”. --- She is considering the kitchen as a pleasure in her life. * --- The kitchen has become a companion:

How do we interpret her love of kitchen? --- She is lonely. Food is the basic ingredient to sustain life: * --- The hum of the refrigerator distracts her from thinking of her loneliness: * --- “I will stare death fearless in the eye”

* The initial encounter
What does the narrator think of their kitchen?
* “It was a good kitchen”
* --- Large, things are precisely arranged and neatly organized. * --- Is she free of loneliness in this fine kitchen? No, she is not free. How does she describe Eriko?
* “The whole of her gave off...
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