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Disruptions of daily life: Japanese literary modernism in the world

Disruptions of daily life: Japanese literary modernism in the world CONTEMPORARY JAPAN 123 Disruptions of daily life: Japanese literary modernism in the world, by Arthur M. Mitchell, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2020, 276 pp., US$ 55.00 (hardback), ISBN13: 9781501752919 This is an erudite and well-researched book that adds a new angle to the study of Japanese modernist literature. Mitchell examines not only the works of major and lesser-known mod- ernists in the 1920s and 30s – Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, Yokomitsu Riichi, Kawabata Yasunari, and Hirabayashi Taiko – he also includes media and daily life as the correlative context of the study, leading to the central thesis that modernist works are not limited to the “ingenuity of their design and textual play” (2) but should be noted for their intricate connection and embedd- edness in late-Taishō and early-Shōwa society. This book attempts to close the gap between a formalistic study of modernist Japanese literature focusing on hermeneutics and a cultural studies approach based on an investigation of the historical and cultural circumstances of its production. The author argues convincingly that the modernist language is deeply enmeshed in and a reaction to the language of the media and daily life, challenging what is taken for granted and the status quo of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Japan Taylor & Francis

Disruptions of daily life: Japanese literary modernism in the world

Contemporary Japan , Volume 34 (1): 2 – Jan 2, 2022

Disruptions of daily life: Japanese literary modernism in the world

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CONTEMPORARY JAPAN 123 Disruptions of daily life: Japanese literary modernism in the world, by Arthur M. Mitchell, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2020, 276 pp., US$ 55.00 (hardback), ISBN13: 9781501752919 This is an erudite and well-researched book that adds a new angle to the study of Japanese modernist literature. Mitchell examines not only the works of major and lesser-known mod- ernists in the 1920s and 30s – Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, Yokomitsu Riichi, Kawabata Yasunari,...
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© 2021 Angela Yiu
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10.1080/18692729.2021.1885118
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CONTEMPORARY JAPAN 123 Disruptions of daily life: Japanese literary modernism in the world, by Arthur M. Mitchell, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2020, 276 pp., US$ 55.00 (hardback), ISBN13: 9781501752919 This is an erudite and well-researched book that adds a new angle to the study of Japanese modernist literature. Mitchell examines not only the works of major and lesser-known mod- ernists in the 1920s and 30s – Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, Yokomitsu Riichi, Kawabata Yasunari, and Hirabayashi Taiko – he also includes media and daily life as the correlative context of the study, leading to the central thesis that modernist works are not limited to the “ingenuity of their design and textual play” (2) but should be noted for their intricate connection and embedd- edness in late-Taishō and early-Shōwa society. This book attempts to close the gap between a formalistic study of modernist Japanese literature focusing on hermeneutics and a cultural studies approach based on an investigation of the historical and cultural circumstances of its production. The author argues convincingly that the modernist language is deeply enmeshed in and a reaction to the language of the media and daily life, challenging what is taken for granted and the status quo of the

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