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Starrs, Roy, 1946-
Modernism and Japanese culture / Roy Starrs
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Subject Japan -- Civilization -- 1868-
Japan -- Intellectual life -- 1868-
Japan -- Civilization -- Western influences
Subject(s) Civilization, Modern
Modernism (Aesthetics) -- Japan -- History
Physical Description xix, 323 p. ; 21 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary "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 from the mid-19th century 'opening to the West' until the 21st-century, globalized world of 'postmodernism'; from the early Meiji 'cult of modernity' to the early Showa attempt to 'overcome modernity'. In this way, the book presents the history of Japanese modernism not as a straightforward, linear narrative of progressive acceptance and adaptation but more as a dialectical, back-and-forth oscillation between the two poles of acceptance and rejection, modernism and anti-modernism. Furthermore, Starrs shows that Japanese modernism was not simply the outcome of the passive reception of a unidirectional modern Western influence but of a complex cross-cultural interchange between East and West, modernity and tradition. In particular, he shows that traditional Japanese culture was very much part of that cultural mix, and a prime source of inspiration for modernists in both Japan and the West. Thus the book also convincingly demonstrates that Japan served as an active agent at certain key moments in the history of world modernism"-- Provided by publisher
Note Machine generated contents note: -- Acknowledgements -- 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 -- 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 -- Oe Kenzaburo'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
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Series Modernism and--

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