Japanese Gothic Tales

Japanese Gothic Tales

By: Izumi Kyoka (author), Charles Shiro Inouye (translator)Paperback

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Resisting the various forms of realism popular during the Meiji enlightenment, Izumi Kyoka (1873-1939) was among the most popular writers who continued to work in the old-fashioned genres of fantasy, mystery, and romance. Gothic Tales makes available for the first time a collection of stories by this highly influential writer, whose decadent romanticism led him to envision an idiosyncratic world--a fictive purgatory --precious and bizarre though always genuine despite its melodramatic formality.

The four stories presented here are among Kyoka's best-known works. They are drawn from four stages of the author's development, from the conceptual novels of 1895 to the fragmented romanticism of his mature work. In the way of introduction, Inouye presents a clear analysis of Kyoka's problematic stature as a great gothic writer and emphasizes the importance of Kyoka's work to the present reevaluation of literary history in general and modern Japanese literature in particular. The extensive notes that follow the translation serve as an intelligent guide for the reader, supplying details about each of the stories and how they fit into the pattern of mythic development that allowed Kyoka to deal with his fears in a way that sustained his life and, as Mishima Yukio put it, pushed the Japanese language to its highest potential.

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About Author

Charles Shiro Inouye is professor of Japanese at Tufts University.

Contents

The surgery room -- The holy man of Mount Kaoya -- One day in spring -- Osen and Saokichi.

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/12/1996
  • ISBN13: 9780824817893
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 214
  • ID: 9780824817893
  • weight: 260
  • ISBN10: 0824817893
  • translations: Japanese

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