Download and read online Stripped of Humanity Dehumanization in Kazuo Ishiguro s Never Let Me Go in PDF and EPUB Seminar paper from the year 2014 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,7, University of Dusseldorf "Heinrich Heine" (English and American Studies), course: Narrating the (dis)eased body, language: English, abstract: The meaning of humanity and dignity becomes more and more essential nowadays and a key concept in our ethical thinking in the world of modern biopolitics, possible future cloning and organ donations. The topic addresses every single one of us, since it deals with our lives and basic human rights. The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben deals with the concept of those, whose human rights are taken away. In his work entitled Homo Sacer. Sovereign Power and Bare Life he presents the concept of a dehumanized protagonist figuring as “homo sacer”, a bad and impure man, whose life is considered to be unworthy. He proposes an idea of this figure, which is still applicable in our modern times. He links this idea ultimately to the concept of sovereignty, to whom homo sacer corresponds and with whom he correlates. The depiction of this figure and his counterpart, the sovereignty, will be closely looked at and after that Michel Foucault ́s definition of biopolitics and the relation to life and death will be given. Afterwards, we will look at Kazuo Ishiguro ́s novel Never Let Me Go, in which these concepts take shape. The novel deals with young students, who are destined to donate their vital organs before they reach middle age. We will analyze the relationship between these students and the figure of homo sacer. The character of sovereignty that comes into existence with the help of the guardians who accompany these students, will also be elaborated. We will focus on these concepts related to biopolitics and figure out, how the characters in Kazuo Ishiguro ́s novel are stripped of humanity.
Download and read online Empathy in Kazuo Ishiguro s Never Let Me Go in PDF and EPUB Seminar paper from the year 2014 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Institut für Anglistik), language: English, abstract: The aim of this essay is to examine the role of empathy in Kazuo Ishiguro ́s “Never Let Me Go” with special regard to the “teaching” of empathy at the boarding school of Hailsham. The essay will examine the role of the educational system in “Never Let Me Go” in order to characterize forms of teaching, education and upbringing that lead to the typical characteristics of the clones. Before dealing with the importance of the educational system for preserving public order in the dystopian world, general functions and modes of empathy in fictional writing will be discussed in an introductory part. In a conclusive part it will be argued that Kazuo Ishiguro uses a narrative style that persuades the reader to “feel with” the protagonists. By doing so the reader is led to judge the society of the dystopian world to be cruel and undesirable.
Download and read online Never Let Me Go in PDF and EPUB In one of the most acclaimed and original novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never let me go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never let me go is charged throughout with a sence of the fragility of life.
Download and read online Modern Utopia and Dystopia in the Novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro in PDF and EPUB Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, printed single-sided, grade: sehr gut, Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegytem, language: English, abstract: In this paper - as the title says - I would like to write about utopian and dystopian elements in the modern, contemporary world using a novel from this decade, titled Never Let Me Go (1995) by Kazuo Ishiguro. The novel highlights some deep problems of humanity around the beginning of the 21st century using a combination of utopia and dystopia. On the following pages I present these elements and I also try to interpret them: what problems of modern society they reveal and what solutions they might offer."
Download and read online Cash Crash Jubilee in PDF and EPUB A man and his money are parted not by death but by deletion in this “prophetic and chilling” cyber-dystopian thriller (Gordon Dahlquist). In Tokyo, every single action—from blinking to sex—is intellectual property owned by corporations. A BodyBank implant in each citizen records movements and connects to the ImmaNet, so that every inch of the cyber-dystopian metropolis crawls with information and shifting cinematic promotainment. Amon Kenzaki works as a Liquidator for the Global Action Transaction Authority, capturing bankrupt citizens, removing their implants, and banishing them to BankDeath Camps where they are forever cut off from the action-transaction economy. With his savings accumulating and a promotion impending, everything seems to be going well—until he’s asked to deal with finance minister Lawrence Barrow, a charismatic politician and model citizen. Soon after, Amon is charged for an incredibly expensive action called “Jubilee” that he’s sure he never performed but is costing him everything. To restore balance to his account, Amon must unravel the secret of Jubilee. But when he finds himself asking dangerous questions about the system to which he’s devoted his life, he must decide if life is worth losing to find the truth. “Debut novelist William reverses the outsider perspective of cyberpunk in this intricate tale of a digitally claustrophobic future” (Publishers Weekly).
Download and read online Unmasking Administrative Evil in PDF and EPUB The modern age with its emphasis on technical rationality has enabled a new and dangerous form of evil--administrative evil. Unmasking Administrative Evil discusses the overlooked relationship between evil and public affairs, as well as other fields and professions in public life. The authors argue that the tendency toward administrative evil, as manifested in acts of dehumanization and genocide, is deeply woven into the identity of public affairs. The common characteristic of administrative evil is that ordinary people within their normal professional and administrative roles can engage in acts of evil without being aware that they are doing anything wrong. Under conditions of moral inversion, people may even view their evil activity as good. In the face of what is now a clear and present danger in the United States, this book seeks to lay the groundwork for a more ethical and democratic public life; one that recognizes its potential for evil, and thereby creates greater possibilities for avoiding the hidden pathways that lead to state-sponsored dehumanization and destruction. What's new in the Fourth Edition of Unmasking Administrative Evil: UAE is updated and revised with new scholarship on administrative ethics, evil, and contemporary politics. The authors include new cases on the dangers of market-based governance, contracting out, and deregulation. There is an enhanced focus on the potential for administrative evil in the private sector. The authors have written a new Afterword on administrative approaches to the aftermath of evil, with the potential for expiation, healing, and reparations.
Download and read online Kazuo Ishiguro in PDF and EPUB Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the finest and most accomplished contemporary writers of his generation. The short story author, television writer and novelist, included twice in Granta's list of Best Young British Writers, has over the past twenty-five years produced a body of work which is just as critically-acclaimed as it is popular with the general public. Like the writings of Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro's work is concerned with creating discursive platforms for issues of class, ethics, ethnicity, nationhood, place, gender and the uses and problems surrounding artistic representation. As a Japanese immigrant who came to Great Britain in 1960, Ishiguro has used his unique position and fine intellectual abilities to contemplate what it means to be British in the contemporary era. This guide traces the main themes throughout Ishiguro's writing whilst it also pays attention to his short stories and writing for television. It includes a new interview with the author, a preface by Haruki Murakami and discussion of James Ivory's adaptation of The Remains of the Day.
Download and read online He She and It in PDF and EPUB In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed for all time. Shira Shipman's marriage has broken up, and her young son has been taken from her by the corporation that runs her zone, so she has returned to Tikva, the Jewish town where she grew up. There, she is welcomed by Malkah, the brilliant grandmother who raised her, and meets an extraordinary man who is not a man at all, but a unique cyborg implanted with intelligence, emotions - and the ability to kill... From the critically acclaimed author of Woman on the Edge of Time, comes another stunning novel of morality and courage. A Pygmallion tale for the modern age, this classic feminist speculative novel won the Arthur C Clark Award.
Download and read online Is He a Monster Caliban in William Shakespeare s The Tempest in PDF and EPUB Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,5, University of Tubingen (Englisches Seminar), course: Proseminar II Literatur: The World and Shakespeare, 11 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: "A salvage and deformed slave." With these words William Shakespeare describes the figure of Caliban in the dramatis personae of his play The Tempest. For almost four centuries, literary critics have dealt with trying to answer the question how Shakespeare's character has to be regarded. Is Caliban to be considered as a monster representing humanity's bestial side including all its vices, and thereby arousing the audience's disgust? Or has he rather to be looked at the victim of an imperia l tyrant - personified in Prospero - who arouses the spectator's pity? In which way Shakespeare really intended Caliban to be was, is and will ever be a secret he took to his grave. However, the reception history of the play has proven that Shakespeare's presentation of the characters - especially Caliban - opened up a large scope for various, often contradicting interpretations of the "slave." Thus, the following paper analyses the play with regard to the basic question whether or not Caliban is a monster. It is divided into two parts. The first one concentrates only on how Shakespeare's drama The Tempest in general and the character of Caliban in particular have been staged and interpreted throughout the last barely four centuries of reception. For this purpose, a small selection of representations of the play on stage and in editions are introduced and discussed, which show the major strands and general tendencies of Caliban's changing interpretations in the course of time. One of the main changes in Caliban's interpretation is the difference of reading the character in colonial and in post-colonial eras. After the end of the Second World War and after most of the world's colonies had been released and g"
Download and read online A Door Into Ocean in PDF and EPUB A Door into Ocean is the novel upon which the author's reputation as an important SF writer principally rests. A ground-breaking work both of feminist SF and of world-building hard SF, it concerns the Sharers of Shora, a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists, highly advanced in biological sciences, and who reproduce by parthenogenesis--there are no males--and tells of the conflicts that erupt when a neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world, and send in an army. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Download and read online Samurai Ethics in the Works of Kazuo Ishiguro in PDF and EPUB Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 3,0, University of Wurzburg (englische Literaturwissenschaft), language: English, abstract: Japanese-British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is not very fond of critics concentrating on Japanese elements in his works, however, his first short stories and the following two novels take place - even if, as it is the case with A Pale View of Hills, only partly- in Japan, making it hard not to concentrate on the writers apparent preoccupation with his Japanese heritage. His third novel, featuring an English setting and characters - an old mansion, a butler, and his employer, may have been viewed as an attempt to break away from this line of interpretation on the one hand, on the other, however, it was the one work which first merited a mention of the similarities between the butlers philosophy of life and the samurai code of honour. To the author, though, his three novels, namely A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World, and The Remains of the Day, are linked primarily by their characters, who all seem to be stuck in similar situations, having to face their past - in all three cases the past ultimately revolves around their choices before, during and in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War - and consequently struggle with their long-repressed feelings of regret and even shame... Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Samurai Ethics in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro 2.1.Samurai Ethics - An Overview 2.2.The Position of Woman - Ishiguro's Female Characters 2.3.Suicide 2.4.The Duty of Loyalty 2.4.1.Filial Piety 2.4.2.Teacher-Student relationship 2.4.3.Loyalty to the Master 2.4.4.Serving a Higher Purpose 2.5.Self-Control 2.6.Ishiguro's Imaginary Homeland(s) 3.Conclusion 4. Bibliography
Download and read online The Role of Miss Kenton in the Characterisation of Stevens in Kazuo Ishiguro s novel The Remains of the Day in PDF and EPUB Seminar paper from the year 2002 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, RWTH Aachen University (English Department), course: Fictional Histories and (Auto)biographies: Julian Barnes - Kazuo Ishiguro - Graham Swift, 5 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This retrospection gradually reveals Stevens' peculiar character. Accordingly,The Remains of the Dayis a novel about the central figure's character and the change it undergoes in the course of the years. Characterisation plays a very important role in it. The use of diary-like entries for certain stops on Stevens' journey suggest the explicit characterisation of the figure through the first-person narrator. However, the reader is confronted with an unreliable narration that combines homodiegetic and extradiegetic features in regular intervals. Thus the reader cannot fully rely on the statements of the narrator in order to get a picture of his character. What is much more telling is the butler's way of hiding and overlooking things, his not-telling, which characterises him far better and more objectively than his own notion of himself does. Due to the narrative perspective and Stevens' few relations in life4there are not many subsidiary figures who can serve as an additional source describing the butler's traits of character. Nevertheless, there is one figure in the novel which can give information about the former stateandchange of Stevens' character. This figure is Miss Kenton, who has been the housekeeper at Darlington Hall for many years and who developed a relationship to Stevens that can be called the most emotional he had ever had. It is the purpose of this paper to analyse her role in the characterisation of Stevens. However, I want to stress that this paper is not supposed to be a full and exhausting characterisation of the figure of the butler. It is rather intended to deal with the different aspects the figure of Miss Kenton contributes to the characterisation and change of character Stevens undergoes in the course of the novel. This will be done by focussing the following aspects: 1. Miss Kenton's direct statements about Stevens. 2. The relationship between Stevens and the housekeeper and what it tells about Stevens' emotional life. 3. The interaction between the two figures. This aspect will briefly deal with their dialogues and will be combined with the comparison of Stevens' and Miss Kenton's highly contrary natures and what they mean with regard to the revelation of Stevens' character traits. According to these aspects, my analysis will mostly remain on the story-level only. The discourse level might be touched as far as the narrative situation is concerned, since most of the information about Stevens is conveyed through his own narration.
Download and read online Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day Stevens Philosophy of Life in PDF and EPUB Seminar paper from the year 2001 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2, University of Frankfurt (Main), course: Contemporary British Fiction, 12 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Kazuo Ishiguro's novel "The Remains of the Day" is about Stevens' life as a butler. With the help of his personal and professional relationships with the additional main characters - his father, his employer Lord Darlington and Miss Kenton, who he loved without knowing it- it shall be shown what Stevens' life was like, which course his life took and what reason there is at the end of his journey to ask himself what he has achieved and what remains of his life.
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Download and read online Analysis of Kazuo Ishiguro s A Family Supper in PDF and EPUB Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, Ruhr-University of Bochum, language: English, abstract: Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1982 short story A Family Supper tells the story of a Japanese family, sitting down to dinner together for the first time in years. Having lived in California for several years, the son returns to Tokyo to his father’s house. While they wait for the arrival of the daughter, Kikuko, the son and the father talk a little about the mother’s death, the collapse of the father’s firm, and the son’s plans for the future. When Kikuko joins them, the father goes off to prepare the supper, leaving the brother and sister to take a stroll in the garden together where Kikuko talks about her life at university. They also recall their childhood fears of the ghost the son believes to have seen in the garden once. Before dinner, the father decides to show his son around the house. While they are eating, the son confuses a picture of his mother with the appearance of the garden ghost he remembers, which angers his father. The short story closes with the father inviting his son to come home again and confiding his hopes that his daughter may return home too.