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Notes On A Life

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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which presents a biography on Miki Kiyoshi. The biography begins with Miki's life and personality. The splitting of Miki's identity into the poet and the philosopher evident in his memorial encapsulates a central thesis of the book: that his philosophy as well as his journalism can best be understood as manifestations of a struggle to reconcile two fundamental aspects of his personality, and that this splitting of the self is evident in the autobiographical record as well as Miki's oeuvre. The book draws on a model of narrative interpretation employed by personality psychologists who insist that there is an intimate connection between autobiographical memory and constructions of self. The sub-title of the book suggests by what might be termed Miki's 'official' autobiography, which was originally published in seven installments in the literary magazine Bungei from June 1941 until January 1942.

Keywords: Bungei; Miki Kiyoshi; Miki's journalism; Miki's oeuvre



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