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The Dilemma of Faith in Modern Japanese Literature : Metaphors of Christianity.

Author: Massimiliano Tomasi
Publisher: Milton : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies.
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Tomasi, Massimiliano.
Dilemma of Faith in Modern Japanese Literature : Metaphors of Christianity.
Milton : Routledge, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Massimiliano Tomasi
ISBN: 9781351228046 1351228048 9781351228060 1351228064
OCLC Number: 1032725682
Description: 1 online resource (217 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; General editors' preface; Acknowledgments; PART I Introduction; 1 Christianity and modern Japanese literature; The conflict between religion and literature; The question of sexuality; The construction of the self; Mutual intersections between literature, Christianity, and politics; A Christian-inspired concept of romantic love and the emergence of a modern sensuality; The awareness of sin and the limits of Meiji Protestantism; The dilemma of faith and the literary appropriation of Christianity; PART II Narratives of conversion. 2 Kitamura Tōkoku and the celebration of the "inner life"The growth of Protestantism in late nineteenth century Japan; Tōkoku's conversion; The concepts of kokoro and naibu seimei; The belief in the latent divinity of man and the conflict with Calvinism; 3 Shimazaki Tōson and the discovery of the self; Sakura no mi no jukusuru toki as a narrative of faith; Hakai: a new covenant of the "inner life"; 4 Kunikida Doppo: the rejection of self-deception and the paradox of contrition; Parallels with Tōson and Tōkoku; Azamukazaru no ki: "sincerity," nature, and the immortality of the soul. The loss of faith and the desire to be moved5 Masamune Hakuchō: the fear of death and the cruelty of the Christian God; Hakuchō's conversion; Hakuchō's disparagement of Christianity; 6 Arishima Takeo: the problem of sin and of the inevitability of fate; Arishima's conversion; The question of free will and the influence of Quakerism; Arishima's apostasy: the reunification of the divided self and the condemnation of predestination; 7 The salvific discourse of Akutagawa Ryūnosuke; Early exposure to Christianity. The past as a mirror of the self: the topos of the "holy fool" and the question of faith in Akutagawa's kirishitan monoKappa and Haguruma: escape from Protestantism; Seihō no hito and a new dialectics of faith; PART III Metaphors of Christianity; 8 A Christology of the self: the case of Mushanokōji Saneatsu; Kōfukumono: the deification of man and the construction of the messianic sage; 9 The appropriation of Christianity in narrative: Kinoshita Naoe's Hi no hashira and Nagayo Yoshirō's Seidō no kirisuto; Hi no hashira: Christian socialism and the building of an earthly kingdom of God. Seidō no kirisuto and the conflict between art and faithEpilogue: "a poetic religion, rife with paradoxes"; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies.

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