from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. oersted
  • Oe, Kenzaburo Born 1935. Japanese writer. Strongly influenced by the French existentialists, his political and often autobiographical novels include A Personal Matter (1964) and The Silent Cry (1967). He won the 1994 Nobel Prize for literature.

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  • n. oersted

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Another spelling of O, as the name of the letter, especially in the plural oes.
  • n. A grandchild.
  • n. A digraph, written also as a ligature, œ, occurring in Latin words, or words Latinized from Greek having οι, as in Latin amœnus, pleasant, œcus from Greek οἰκος, a house. In words thoroughly Anglicized the oe, œ, is preferably represented by e.
  • n. A modified vowel (written either oe, œ, or ö), a mutation or umlaut of o produced by a following i or e, occurring in German or Scandinavian words, as in Goethe, Öland, etc.
  • n. A similar vowel in French words, as in œillade, coup d'œil, etc.


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  • The influence of French and English linguistic structures is evident in Oe's long, complex, Faulknerian sentences, as in this quintessential passage from The Football Game of the First

    Kenzaburo Oe: Laughing Prophet and Soulful Healer

  • Huck's heroic decision not to inform on the runaway slave Jim and his choice to "go to hell" persisted in Oe's imagination, and the mischievous and free-spirited Huck became his favorite hero, the embodiment of what is best in democracy.

    Kenzaburo Oe: Laughing Prophet and Soulful Healer

  • The doctor's bleak prognosis for the newborn became fused in Oe's mind with the image of the 'little boy lost' in William Blake's

    Kenzaburo Oe: Laughing Prophet and Soulful Healer

  • Like a mythological character transposed into a constellation, Hikari is transposed into the central fictional character in Oe's mature works, in which Hikari is the incarnation of Oe's profound affinity with the 'little boy lost,' the abandoned foundling, the outsider, and the anomaly.

    Kenzaburo Oe: Laughing Prophet and Soulful Healer

  • Hikari, the idiot savant, under various names is, in Oe's hands, an effective and necessary literary device; no single version could encompass his profound meditation on his son's – and the human – condition.

    Kenzaburo Oe: Laughing Prophet and Soulful Healer

  • Sorrowful Countenance (2002) [30] depicts Kogito, now living in Oe's birthplace as a twentieth-century Don Quixote, and in Good Bye, My Book (2005) [31] an old friend helps him reconstruct and resurrect the image of Yukio Mishima as a cult leader.

    Kenzaburo Oe: Laughing Prophet and Soulful Healer

  • The image of this tormented soul driven to suicide, takes center stage in Oe's later narratives.

    Kenzaburo Oe: Laughing Prophet and Soulful Healer

  • Japan's surrender released conflicting emotions that began to grow and take deep root in Oe: a sense of both humiliation/subjugation and liberation/renewal.

    Kenzaburo Oe: Laughing Prophet and Soulful Healer

  • And we can add that once again Oe inverts his material in a new novel in which the symbiosis between a father and his spiritually clouded son is focused on anew - a book that paradoxically ends with the word

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1994 - Presentation Speech

  • After The Silent Cry, two streams of thought, which at times flow as one, are apparent and consistent in Oe's literary world.

    Kenzaburo Oe - Biography


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