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Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature

Edited by: Rachael Hutchinson , Leith Morton

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138792296
eBook ISBN: 9781315762210
Adobe ISBN: 9781317647720

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The Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature provides a comprehensive overview of how we study Japanese literature today. Rather than taking a purely chronological approach to the content, the chapters survey the state of the field through a number of pressing issues and themes, examining the ways in which it is possible to read modern Japanese literature and situate it in relation to critical theory.

The Handbook examines various modes of literary production (such as fiction, poetry, and critical essays) as distinct forms of expression that nonetheless are closely interrelated. Attention is drawn to the idea of the bunjin as a ‘person of letters’ and a more realistic assessment is provided of how writers have engaged with ideas – not labelled a ‘novelist’ or ‘poet’, but a ‘writer’ who may at one time or another choose to write in various forms. The book provides an overview of major authors and genres by situating them within broader themes that have defined the way writers have produced literature in modern Japan, as well as how those works have been read and understood by different readers in different time periods.

The Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature draws from an international array of established experts in the field as well as promising young researchers. It represents a wide variety of critical approaches, giving the study a broad range of perspectives. This handbook will be of interest to students and scholars of Asian Studies, Literature, Sociology, Critical Theory, and History.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Space and time in modern Japanese literature Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Literature short on time Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Kawabata Yasunari’s The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa and stories of prewar Tokyo  Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Inner pieces Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Queer reading and modern Japanese literature Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Feminism and Japanese literature Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Nagai Kafū’s feminist perspective Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The proletarian literature movement Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Writing and politics Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Expedient conversion? Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Postwar Japanese fiction and the legacy of unequal Japan–US relations Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Critical postwar war literature Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Writing and remembering the Battle of Okinawa Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The need to narrate the Tokyo air raids Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Abusive medicine and continued culpability Download PDF
Chapter  17:  National literature and beyond Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Listening in Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Kuki Shūzō as philosopher-poet Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Akutagawa/Tanizaki debate Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The rise of women writers, the Heisei I-novel, and the contemporary bundan  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Electronic literature and youth culture Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Narrative in the digital age Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Japanese Twitterature Download PDF
Glossary Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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