Authenticating Culture In Imperial Japan

Authenticating Culture In Imperial Japan

by Leslie Pincus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520201345

ISBN-13: 9780520201347

Pub. Date: 06/25/1996

Publisher: University of California Press


During the interwar years in Japan, discourse on culture turned sharply inward after generations of openness to Western ideas. The characterizations that arose—that Japanese culture is unique, essential, and enduring—came to be accepted both inside and outside Japan. Leslie Pincus focuses on the work of Kuki Shuzo, a philosopher and the author of the…  See more details below

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During the interwar years in Japan, discourse on culture turned sharply inward after generations of openness to Western ideas. The characterizations that arose—that Japanese culture is unique, essential, and enduring—came to be accepted both inside and outside Japan. Leslie Pincus focuses on the work of Kuki Shuzo, a philosopher and the author of the classic "Iki" no Kozo, to explore culture and theory in Japan during the interwar years. She shows how Japanese intellectual culture ultimately became complicit, even instrumental, in an increasingly repressive and militaristic regime that ultimately brought the world to war.

Pincus provides an extensive critical study of Kuki's intellectual lineage and shows how it intersects with a number of central figures in both European and Japanese philosophy. The discussion moves between Germany, France, and Japan, providing a guide to the development of culture in a number of national settings from the turn of the century to the 1930s.

Inspired by the work of Foucault, the Marxist culturalists, and the Frankfurt School, Pincus reads against the grain of traditional interpretation. Her theoretically informed approach situates culture in a historical perspective and charts the ideological dimensions of cultural aesthetics in Japan. Authenticating Culture in Imperial Japan makes an important contribution to our understanding of modernity, nationalism, and fascism in the early twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520201347
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/25/1996
Series:
Twentieth Century Japan: The Emergence of a World Power Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Exotic Seductions and the Return to Japan25
2Encounters across Borders: The Philosophical Quest for Experience54
3History or Value: The Vicissitudes of Edo Culture98
4Hermeneutics; Or Culture Repossessed140
5An Aristocracy of Taste in an Age of Mass Culture182
Epilogue: How the Cultural Landscape Became the Property of the State209
Works Cited249
Index259

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