Dreams of Difference: The Japan Romantic School and the Crisis of Modernity / Edition 1

Dreams of Difference: The Japan Romantic School and the Crisis of Modernity / Edition 1

by Kevin Michael Doak
     
 


From 1935 to 1945, the Japan Romantic School (Nihon Romanha), a group of major intellectuals and literary figures, explored issues concerning politics, literature, and nationalism in ways that still influence cultural discourse in Japan today. Kevin Doak's timely study is a broad critique of modernity in early twentieth-century Japan. He uses close readings and… See more details below

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From 1935 to 1945, the Japan Romantic School (Nihon Romanha), a group of major intellectuals and literary figures, explored issues concerning politics, literature, and nationalism in ways that still influence cultural discourse in Japan today. Kevin Doak's timely study is a broad critique of modernity in early twentieth-century Japan. He uses close readings and translations of texts and poems to suggest that the school's interest in romanticism stemmed from its attempt to surmount the "cultural crisis" of lost traditions. This attempt to overcome modernity eventually reduced the movement's earlier critical impulses to expressions of nationalist longing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520083776
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/01/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Prologue: Nationalism, Romanticism, and the Problem of Modernity

1. Toward an Ironic Praxis: Yasuda Yojuro and the Aesthetics of Totality
2. Indeterminate Poetics: The Romantic Style
3. Return to Parnassus: The Exoticism of the Self
4. The Ethics of Identity: Kamei Katsuichiro and the Search for a New Subject
5. The Production of a Culture of the Same

Epilogue: Romanticism Rehabilitated
Appendixes
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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