The self as multiplicity in the works of Murakami Haruki
Sexton, Rebecca Frances
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The works of Murakami Haruki often explore problems of self and identity, particularly in relation to society. In Kafka on the Shore, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle in particular, the self is presented as a multiplicity, both mutable and divisible. Using Gilles Deleuze’s model of the two-tier world of the baroque and Paul Ricoeur’s living metaphor, I examine the ways the self enacts change, despite dangers present in the very act of confronting the self. I argue that, as a multiplicity, the self emerges as a site of potentiality.