In Search of Nature: the Japanese Writer Tayama Katai (1872-1930)

In Search of Nature: the Japanese Writer Tayama Katai (1872-1930)

By: Kenneth G. Henshall (author)Paperback

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Tayama Katai (1872-1930) was a major writer in Japan's modern history. He was the leader of the (later) naturalist movement around 1906-1912, and author of its representative novel Futon (1907), which established a trend of autobiographical novels. His perception of 'nature' changed through the years from natural beauty to the 'natural individual' - on which Japanese later naturalism was based, following German models rather than French - and ultimately fate, time and religion. All his writings are naturo-centric in one sense or another. In this ground-breaking study, In Search of Nature, Kenneth G. Henshall provides a 'cradle-to-grave' account of Katai and his prose fiction, and also corrects the mistaken belief that Japanese naturalism was a failure.

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Kenneth G. Henshall, FRHS, Ph.D. (1977) Sydney, is Professor of Japanese Studies at Canterbury University NZ. He has published widely on Japan-related topics ranging from script etymology to history to literature, and has translated Katai's memoirs and two of his novels.

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  • publication date: 13/11/2012
  • ISBN13: 9789004236295
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 250
  • ID: 9789004236295
  • weight: 1220
  • ISBN10: 9004236295

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