Conclusion: Art Makes Life, Which Makes Art, Which Makes Life

  • Maya Higashi WakanaEmail author


In this chapter, Maya Higashi Wakana summarizes the revelations uncovered by the book’s acts of defamiliarization, which demonstrate the value of reading microsocially. Juxtaposing instances in the examined texts when individuals fail to identify the “face” of an animate other, literal and/or figurative, against a situation in which one interacts with an inanimate object—FedEx employee Chuck Noland’s relationship with a volleyball in the film Cast Away, for example—Wakana articulates the automatic gestures individuals engage in when they are in others’ company. Although the goal of the book is to demonstrate the value of reading microsocially, a valuable byproduct is an elaboration on the relationship between art and life. They are, the author asserts and illustrates in the book, inseparable.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ritsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

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