Introduction: The Reader and Varieties of Intimacies

  • Maya Higashi WakanaEmail author


The goal of the book is to demonstrate the usefulness of reading microsocially. Investigating reader—text relations while analyzing intimacies between characters, given those reader–text relations, Maya Higashi Wakana focuses on the microsocial to elaborate on a heretofore-overlooked aspect of fictional meaning making, simultaneously offering new vocabulary with which to discuss what readers often comprehend only intuitively or miss altogether because of the obscuring familiarity. Being able to recognize the defining power of what microsociologist Erving Goffman calls “deference” gestures, for example, contributes significantly to what can be perceived in literary reproductions of such forces exerting their inexorable influence on individuals, including on readers. Wakana’s microsocial critical methodology and the thematic content of the book, the topics of this introductory chapter, are intertwined.


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  1. 1.Ritsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

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