Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Asian Languages & Civilizations
Janice C. Brown
Faye Y. Kleeman
David C. Atherton
This thesis examines a liminal contemporary subjective elucidated through a critical analysis of Azuma Hiroki's "Otaku: Japan's Database Animals" in conjunction with the investigation of Japan's contemporary media and literary character constructs. I deploy a re-structured (Ettingerian) psychoanalytic schema in order to extrapolate a proto-global archetype for an emergent-networked subject. This project critically engages the currently dominant (phallo-centric) psychoanalytic discourse regarding the discursive representation of contemporary Japanese characters, inhabiting popular media, mainstream culture, and literary venues, while concurrently attempting to codify the global significance of the resultant subject.
Yi, Young Jae, "Beyond the Database: The Liminal Subjective Within the Border[space]" (2014). Asian Languages & Civilizations Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 11.