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Inexorable Modernity : Japan's Grappling with Modernity in the Arts

Edited by Hiroshi Nara , Contributions by John K. Gillespie , Contributions by David G. Goodman , Contributions by Charles Shiro Inouye , Contributions by Mikiko Hirayama , Contributions by Brenda G. Jordan , Contributions by David Jortner , Contributions by Keiko I. McDonald , Contributions by Jonah Salz , Contributions by Mayu Tsuruya

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The book represents a compilation of case studies about Japanese intellectuals' relationships to modernity in three majors arenas of art (art and aesthetics, theater, and literature) beginning in the 1850s to the 1970s. It discusses how inevitable wave of modernity was responded to, discussed, assimilated, changed by some of the most notable practitioners of art and intellectuals in Japan during this period.

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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 20.3mm | 521.64g
  • 16 Feb 2007
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0739118420
  • 9780739118429
  • 1,710,316

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Hiroshi Nara is professor of Japanese language and Japanese linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Inexorable Modernity has the clear virtue of addressing modern Japanese aesthetics, painting, and theater in a single volume, one of very few recent works to do so. Journal of Japanese Studies By drawing together essays on art and aesthetics, theatre, film, and literature, this volume provides a broad, nuanced view of the landscape of modernity in Japan. It is a most interesting and useful resource for teaching-a fine tribute to an outstanding scholar and teacher whose erudition and creativity have afforded pleasure and insight to so many readers over the years. -- Elaine Gerbert, associate professor of modern Japanese literature, University of Kansas

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