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Author Tansman, Alan, 1960-

Title The aesthetics of Japanese fascism / Alan Tansman.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 355 pages).
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Series A study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Modernist beginnings : Akutagawa Ryūnosuke and Kobayashi Hideo -- The beauty of violence : Yasuda Yojūrō's "Japanese bridges" -- Objects of the sublime in literary writing : Yasuda Yojūrō, Yanagi Sōetsu, Kawabata Yasunari, and Shiga Naoya -- The rhetoric of unspoken fascism : the essence of the national polity -- Sentimental fascism on screen : Mother under the eyelids -- An aesthetics of devotion : Kobayashi Hideo's cultural criticism -- Filaments of fascism in postwar times -- Coda : Reading fascist aesthetics.
Summary In this wide-ranging study of Japanese cultural expression, Alan Tansman reveals how a particular, often seemingly innocent aesthetic sensibility, present in novels, essays, popular songs, film, and political writings, helped create an "aesthetic of fascism" in the years leading up to World War II. Evoking beautiful moments of violence, both real and imagined, these works did not lead to fascism in any instrumental sense. Yet, Tansman suggests, they expressed and inspired spiritual longings quenchable only through acts in the real world. Tansman traces this lineage of aesthetic fascism from its beginnings in the 1920s through its flowering in the 1930s to its afterlife in postwar Japan.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
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Subject Japanese literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Fascism in literature.
Fascist aesthetics -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Fascism -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Chronological Term Geschichte 1920-1940
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Tansman, Alan, 1960- Aesthetics of Japanese fascism. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009 (DLC) 2008020951 (OCoLC)228676620
ISBN 9780520943490 (electronic bk.)
052094349X (electronic bk.)
9780520245051 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520245059 (cloth ; alk. paper)