Decadent Literature in Twentieth-Century Japan

Authors: Amano, I.

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Decadence is a concept that designates a given historical moment as a phase of decay and valorizes the past as an irretrievable golden age. This study offers an innovative examination of a century of Japanese fiction through the analytical prism of decadence.

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Ikuho Amano is an Assistant Professor of Japanese and the Coordinator of the Japanese Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

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"Skillfully blending literary, philosophical, historical, and economic issues, Ikuho Amano's exploration of Japanese decadence is groundbreaking and compelling. This brilliant analysis of non-productive, subversive labor as resistance to mainstream social and aesthetic values highlights new fascinating connections between European and Japanese modernity...a crucial reading for anyone interested in East-West literary and cultural relations." - Nicoletta Pireddu, Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, Georgetown University, USA

"This book is an exceptionally fine study of how decadence as a theme can be understood as a counter trope to the major aesthetic currents (including collectivity and conformity) that dominate twentieth century Japanese fiction. Ikuho Amano's brilliant, close readings - buttressed by a wealth of references to Japanese literary-critical discourse and contemporary Western literature and theory - and rediscovery of some important but neglected works of fiction portrays modern Japanese fiction in an entirely new light." - Leith Morton, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, and author of The Alien Within: Representations of the Exotic in Twentieth Century Japanese Literature

'Ikuho Amano's study of Decadence is a contemporary genealogy of 'useless men' in a modern efficiency-driven economy. It will be of interest to all scholars of modern Japanese culture, transculturation, and intercultural studies.' - Regenia Gagnier, Professor of English, University of Exeter, UK and author of Individualism, Decadence and Globalization


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Amano, Ikuho

    Pages 1-36

  • Immature Decadents: The Waste of Useless Men in

    Amano, Ikuho

    Pages 37-55

  • The Decadent Consumption of the Self: Naturalist Aestheticism in Morita Sōhei’s

    Amano, Ikuho

    Pages 57-77

  • Decadent Returnees: The Dialogic Labor of Sensibility in Nagai Kafū’s

    Amano, Ikuho

    Pages 79-101

  • Taishō Malaise as Decadence: Self-Reclusion and Creative Labor in Satō Haruo’s

    Amano, Ikuho

    Pages 103-125

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Decadent Literature in Twentieth-Century Japan
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37743-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137377432
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38257-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48004-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 243
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