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Return to Japan : from "pilgrimage" to the West /
edited by Yoichi Nagashima.
imprint
Aarhus ; Oakville, Conn. : Aarhus University Press, 2001.
description
363 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
8772888377
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imprint
Aarhus ; Oakville, Conn. : Aarhus University Press, 2001.
isbn
8772888377
general note
"This collection of papers is the fruitful result of a conference held in Copenagen, September 5-6, 1998 ..."--P. 5.
catalogue key
4656979
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Summaries
Long Description
This fascinating book presents 15 modern writers, critics and intellectuals from Mori Ogai to Oe Kenzaburo and Murakama Haruki, who analyse the issues surrounding the concepts of the West as fantasy and Japan as nostalgia. This collection is the result of a conference held in Copenhagen in 1998. Many Japanese writers have journeyed to the west in praise of western civilization, the editor explains in his foreword, only to revert to their conception of otrueo Japanese spiritual, social, cultural and aesthetic values. The book aims at describing and clarifying these movements to and from Japan in both the spiritual and physical senses. This idea can be seen as a Japanese search for cultural identity during the modern period. Several chapter headings will serve to clarify the thrust of the book. Sukehiro Hirakawa presents a Japanese intellectualAes return to Japan as predicted and described by Lafcadio Hearn; Hae-Hyung Sung analyses Okakura TenshinAes encounter with the west, and Noriko Thunman describes Mishima Yukio's fascination with Greek culture and his later rejection of the superficial culture of Japan in the post-war period. This book will be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of anyone who studies the links between Japan and the West and others who are interested in Japanese cultural, historical and intellectual thought inside and outside of Japan and how they have been affected by the west.
Main Description
This text presents fifteen modern writers, critics and intellectuals from Mori Ogai to Oe Kenzaburo and Murakama Haruki, who analyse the issues surrounding the concepts of the West as fantasy and Japan as nostalgia. This collection is the result of a conference held in Copenhagan in 1998.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 9
Interior Travels - Pilgrimage, Nostalgia, Identity and Questp. 13
Return to Japan or Return to the West? - Lafcadio Hearn's "A Conservative"p. 34
Supplementary Remarks on Hearn's "A Conservative"p. 51
Following the Traces of Ogai's "Return to the Japan of Nostalgia" - or the Japanization of the Western Novel and Beyondp. 54
Return to Japan - the Case of Okakura Tenshinp. 82
Kunikida Doppo - a Site of No Returnp. 101
The Pilgrimage of Nagai Kafu to the US and France and His Life of Exile in Japanp. 109
Between "Nostalsie" and "Sehnsucht" - Kinoshita Mokutaro's Europep. 125
A Pilgrimage to the West and Return - the Case of Tanizaki Junichirop. 134
The Fabricated Japan - Yokomitsu Riichi and Paris, 1936 - the Looping Effect Living Oshu Kino and Ryoshup. 151
Kobayashi Hideo's "Return to Japan"p. 166
The Fictional West and "True" Japan - a Divided Sensibility in Ito Seip. 188
Return to Japan - the Case of Mishima Yukiop. 217
Agape and Eros - Maternal Dialectics in Endo Shusaku's Return to Japanp. 248
The Looping Movement of Kaiki in Eto Junp. 286
A Female Urashima Taro - Oba Minako's Return to Japanp. 300
Hybrid Identities - Oe, Japan, and the Westp. 320
An Allegory of Return - Murakami Haruki's The Wind-Up Bird Chroniclep. 329
Concluding Remarksp. 348
List of contributorsp. 355
Indexp. 357
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