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Modernism and Japanese culture /

"Offering an in-depth and comprehensive account of the complex history of Japanese modernism, in this book Roy Starrs considers the concept of modernism as encompassing not just the aesthetic avant-garde but a wide spectrum of social, political and cultural phenomena. He looks at Japanese modernism...

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Main Author: Starrs, Roy, 1946-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
Series: Modernism and--
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: modernity and modernism in a Japanese context
  • Part I, Constructing 'Modernity' and 'Tradition': Modernism and Anti-Modernism in Meiji Japan, 1868-1912: Constructing Meiji modernity; The anti-modernist backlash: constructing Meiji tradition; The novel as modernist medium: modernity and anti-modernity in Meiji fiction
  • Part II. High Modernism and the Fascist Backlash, 1912-1945: The Japanese modernist generation, 1912-1931; The historical context of Japanese modernism; Modernism and the Japanese philosophy of impermanence; The legacy of Japonisme in Japan itself; Kawabata as modernist and anti-modernist; Overview; Crystal Fantasies: Kawabata and the modern condition; Snow Country: Kawabata and the overcoming of modernity
  • Part III. The Rival Modernisms of Postwar Japan, 1945-1970: Modernist missionaries: The Americans in Japan, 1945-1952; Japanese responses to American missionary modernism; The occupation in fiction; French as an alternative to American modernism; Ōe Kenzaburō's 'ambiguous' utopianism; Responses from the right: the empire strikes back; The reactionary modernism of Mishima Yukio
  • Part IV. Empty and Marvellous: Japan in the 'Postmodern Age', 1970-2010: Defining the 'postmodern condition'; 'Postmodernity' in Japan; National culture and identity in a 'postmodern' age; A Goethean conclusion
  • Afterword: Japanese modernism today.