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Author Tansman, Alan, 1960-
Title The aesthetics of Japanese fascism / Alan Tansman.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2009.

Author Tansman, Alan, 1960-
Series A study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Subject Japanese literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Fascism in literature.
Fascist aesthetics -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Fascism -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (x, 355 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Modernist beginnings : Akutagawa Ryunosuke and Kobayashi Hideo -- The beauty of violence : Yasuda Yojuro's "Japanese bridges" -- Objects of the sublime in literary writing : Yasuda Yojuro, Yanagi Soetsu, 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. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Print version record.
ISBN 9780520943490 (electronic bk.)
052094349X (electronic bk.)
9780520245051 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520245059 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1525/9780520943490
OCLC # 681420494
Additional Format Print version: Tansman, Alan, 1960- Aesthetics of Japanese fascism. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2009 (DLC) 2008020951 (OCoLC)228676620

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