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Palgrave Macmillan

The Cultural Evolution of Postwar Japan

The Intellectual Contributions of Kaizō's Yamamoto Sanehiko

ISBN 9781137364111
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Yamamoto Sanehiko's (1885-1952) achievements as a publisher, writer, politician and entrepreneur in the interwar period served as both a catalyst and a critical template for developments in the postwar period. Yamamoto produced the comprehensive magazine Kaizō that challenged the status quo, he introduced the inexpensive and revolutionary enpon books, he brought important Western figures to Japan for speaking tours, he interpreted China for his contemporaries, and he served as a politician. While exploring the accomplishments the compelling figure, this study sheds new light on the social, cultural, and political changes that occurred in postwar Japan.

Christopher T. Keaveney is Professor of Japanese and Asian Studies and Co-Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Linfield College, USA. He is the author of The Subversive Self in Modern Chinese Literature and Beyond Brushtalk: Sino-Japanese Literary Exchange in the Interwar Period, as well as numerous articles about cultural relations between Japan and China in the interwar period.

1. Written in Ash: The Education of a Reconstructionist
2. The Comprehensive Magazine Kaizō: Giving Voice to the Opposition and Challenging the Status Quo in Interwar Japan
3. Shouldering Giants: The Presentation of Western Intellectual and Cultural Elite to Interwar Japan
4. Power to the People: Kaizōsha's Enpon Gamble and the Making of a Publishing Revolution
5. Literary Interventions: Yamamoto Sanehiko's Role in Sino-Japanese Literary Exchange
6. Embracing the Danse Macabre: The Politics and Political Career of Yamamoto Sanehiko
7. Last Man Standing: Courting Revival in Postwar Japan
Epilogue. Yamamoto Sanehiko's Interwar Legacy in Postwar Japan
Appendix: Glossary of Selected Terms from East Asian Languages


"A compelling, comprehensive, expertly researched, and long overdue study of Yamamoto Sanehiko (1885-1952), president of a major Japanese publishing house in interwar and early postwar Japan, and a key figure in Japanese intellectual and literary history. Keaveney's nuanced book skillfully illuminates Yamamoto's many achievements, the paradoxes that came to define his career, and most importantly his vital role as a cultural broker among Japan, China, and the West." - Karen L. Thornber, Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, USA and author of Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature and Ecoambiguity: Environmental Crises and East Asian Literatures
"Focusing on the accomplishments of Yamamoto Sanehiko (1885-1952), a leading journalist and cultural entrepreneur, Keaveney has produced an exemplary study that touches upon a range of modern Japanese literary currents and trends. As founder and editor of the influential journal Kaizō, Yamamoto inspired important innovations in literary publishing and stimulated a productive Sino-Japanese literary and intellectual exchange. An illuminating and entirely engaging book." - Marvin Marcus, Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Washington University in St Louis, USA, and author of Reflections in a Glass Door: Memory and Melancholy in the Personal Writings of Natsume Soseki
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