Labor and National Identity in Circle K Cycles
Ragain subjects the image and text collage of Circle K Cycles to a materialist-historical reading. He sees the store chain as Yamashita’s image of how Japan at large has commodified its own image – taken up with consumption, economic profit, and a transnational capitalism stretching from Tokyo to Brazil. He suggests the novel shows a Japan, in its consumerism, package overkill and proliferation of knick-knacks, more taken up with buying and selling itself than developing a more enduring cultural creativity.
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