Japan in the World

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In Japan in the World, distinguished scholars, novelists, and intellectuals articulate how Japan - despite unprecedented economic prowess in securing dominance in the world's market - is caught in a complex dependency with the Untied States. Drawing on critical and postmodernist theory, this timely volume situates this dependency in a broader historical context and assesses Japan's current dealings in international politics, society, and culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822313687
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 365
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

At the time of his death in 2009, Masao Miyoshi was Professor of Japanese, English, and Comparative Literature at the Univesity of California, San Diego. He is coeditor, with Fredric Jameson, of The Cultures of Globalization, also published by Duke University Press.

H. D. Harootunian is Director of the Program in East Asian Studies at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Japan in the World 1
The World
Japan's Industrial Revolution in Historical Perspective 13
The Prussia of the East? 31
Racism and the State: The Coming Crisis of U.S.-Japanese Relations 40
"Past Experience, If Not Forgotten, Is a Guide to the Future"; or, What Is in a Text? The Politics of History in Chinese-Japanese Relations 49
Archaeology, Descent, Emergence: Japan in British/American Hegemony, 1900-1950 79
Constructing a New Cultural History of Prewar Japan 115
The Spirit of Productivity: Workplace Discourse on Culture and Economics in Japan 144
The Novelist in Today's World: A Conversation 163
Soseki and Western Modernism 177
America's Japan / Japan's Japan 196
In a Labyrinth of Western Desire: Kuki Shuzo and the Discovery of Japanese Being 222
Return to the West / Return to the East: Watsuji Tetsuro's Anthropology and Discussions of Authenticity 237
The Invention of English Literature in Japan 271
The Discursive Space of Modern Japan 288
Theory's Imaginal Other: American Encounters with South Korea and Japan 316
The Difficulty of Being Radical: The Discipline of Film Studies and the Postcolonial World Order 338
Index 355
Contributors 363
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