Inexorable Modernity: Japan's Grappling with Modernity in the Arts

Inexorable Modernity: Japan's Grappling with Modernity in the Arts

By: Hiroshi Nara (editor), John K. Gillespie (contributor), Charles Shiro Inouye (contributor), Tsuruya Tsuruya (contributor), Mikiko Hirayama (contributor), Brenda G. Jordan (contributor), Salz Salz (contributor), David G. Goodman (contributor), Keiko I. McDonald (contributor), David Jortner (contributor)Hardback

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The book represents a compilation of case studies about Japanese intellectuals' relationships to modernity in three majors arenas of art (art and aesthetics, theater, and literature) beginning in the 1850s to the 1970s. It discusses how inevitable wave of modernity was responded to, discussed, assimilated, changed by some of the most notable practitioners of art and intellectuals in Japan during this period.

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Hiroshi Nara is professor of Japanese language and Japanese linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.


Part 1 Inexorable Modernity Part 2 Art and Aesthetics Chapter 3 Potentially Disruptive: Censorship and the Painter Kawanabe Kyosai Chapter 4 "Modernite in Art": Kojima Kikuo's Critique of Contemporary Japanese Painting, 1931-1940 Chapter 5 The Ascent of Yoga in Modern Japan and the Pacific War Chapter 6 Art and Ethics in Watsuji Tetsuro's Philosophy Part 7 Theatre Chapter 9 Contesting Authority through Comic Disruption: Mixed Marriages as Metaphor in Postwar Kyogen Experiments Chapter 10 An Aesthetic of Destruction: Mishima Yukio's My Friend Hitler Chapter 11 Remembered Idylls, Forgotten Truths: Nostalgia and Geography in the Drama of Shimizu Kunio Chapter 12 Healing the (Metaphysically) Sick (Theatre): A Buddhist Ibsen in Christian Japan Part 13 Literature Chapter 14 The Wild Geese Revisited: Mori Ogai's Mix of Old and New Chapter 15 Public Space and the Nature of Modern Fiction: Izumi Kyoka's Noble Blood, Heroic Blood Chapter 16 Yokomitsu Riichi's Two Machines

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/02/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780739118412
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 284
  • ID: 9780739118412
  • weight: 567
  • ISBN10: 0739118412

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