An Artless Art: The Zen Aesthetic of Shiga Naoya : a Critical Study with Selected Translations

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Japan Library, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 261 pages
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This second volume of the Starrs trilogy dealing with major figures in modern Japanese literature studies Shiga Naoya (1883-1971). It explores his affinities, both aesthetic and philosophic, with the long East Asian tradition of Zen art. While it places his artless art within this narrative tradition, the book also reviews his work in a wider comparative perspective - showing the relevance of his particular shi-shosetsu (I-novel) form to developments in 19th- and 20th-century Western fiction.

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Roy Starrs is Head of Japanese and Asian Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is author of "Soundings in Time," a critical study of Kawabata Yasunari, and is co-editor of "Cultural Encounters: China, Japan, and the West,"

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