"I have hopes that Karatani's book--one of those infrequent moments in which a rare philosophical intelligence rises to the occasion of full national and historical statement-will also have a fundamental impact on literary criticism in the West. . . . ForOriginshas some lessons for us about critical pluralism, in addition to its principal message, which turns on that old and new topic of modernity itself."-Fredric Jameson, from the PrefaceKaratani, Kojin is the author of 'Origins of Modern Japanese Literature' with ISBN 9780822313236 and ISBN 0822313235.