Imagining communities

An Iconography of Japanese Identity - Ken Tann

Ken Tann [+-]
The University of Sydney
Ken Tann lectures at the University of Sydney on the application of linguistic research to identity issues in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He adopts an interdisciplinary approach to discourse analysis, and his publications include work on both the English and Japanese languages, particularly in relation to nationalism and identity politics.


This chapter introduces the popular bestsellers of Japanese identity discourses, and discusses the rhetorical tropes that characterize these publications, as well as their historical contexts. It then provides an overview of various theories about nationalism and critiques on these texts.

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Tann, Ken. Imagining communities. An Iconography of Japanese Identity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Dec 2025. ISBN 9781781793428. Date accessed: 08 Jun 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27373. Dec 2025

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