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Decadent Literature in Twentieth-Century Japan : Spectacles of Idle Labor

Author: Ikuho Amano
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2013]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Ikuho Amano examines the significance of "decadence" in the context of twentieth-century Japanese literature. Decadence, the literary theme and motif surviving through the history of literary and cultural discourses in Japan since antiquity to the present, holds a key to understand the wide range of social consciousnesses that cannot be always molded by a given social mainstream. Drawing on the economic issues  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Amano, Ikuho, 1967-
Decadent Literature in Twentieth-Century Japan.
(DLC) 2013027803
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ikuho Amano
ISBN: 1137377437 9781137377432
OCLC Number: 888096848
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 243 pages .)
Contents: Introduction: The Making of Decadence in Japan --
One. Immature Decadents: The Waste of Useless Men in Indulgences : Two Novellas by Oguri Fūyō and Iwano Hōmei --
Two. The Decadent Consumption of the Self: Naturalist Aestheticismin Morita Sōhei's Sooty Smoke --
Three. Decadent Returnees: The Dialogic Labor of Sensibility in Nagai Kafū's Sneers and Ueda Bin's The Vortex --
Four. Taishō Malaise as Decadence: Self-Reclusion and Creative Labor in Satō Haruo's A Pastoral Spreen and Tanizaki Jun'ichirō's A Fool's Love --
Five. Decadence Begins with Physical Labor: The Postwar Usethe Body in Sakaguchi Ango's The Idiot and Tamura Taijirō's Gateway to the Flesh --
Six. Decadence as Generosity: Squander and Oblivion in Mishima Yukio's Spring Snow --
Seven. Capitalist Generosity: Decadence as Giving and Receiving in Shimada Masahiko's Decadent Sisters --
Conclusion: Toward Japanese Decadence: The Dynamics of Energy from Waste to Living Labor.
Responsibility: Ikuho Amano.

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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  Read more...

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