The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism

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University of California Press, 2009 - History - 355 pages
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"The range of Alan Tansman's coverage is truly prodigious and diverse--from the most obscurantist cultural analysis through mawkish sentimentality and orchestrated nostalgia for the medium past. His scholarship is impeccable: he knows the relevant secondary literature and has absorbed an impressively wide-ranging metacritical literature, which he has used with great originality and authority to untangle the knotted relationship between aesthetic modernism and fascism. He reads difficult texts brilliantly, with seeming and enviable effortlessness and his translations are a joy to read."--Harry Harootunian, University of Chicago
"Alan Tansman opens up a new apprehension of the fantastic possibilities of these works through his attention to the senses. He is as much attuned to the specifically rhythmic and tonal dimensions of writing as he is to its visual possibilities. And he has the capacity to evoke these varied sensorial domains in his own (re) writings, which, in their refusal to give up on beauty, critically recapitulate the very dilemma that his object texts stage: the dilemma of beauty within capitalist modernity and its complicity with an aesthetics of unification that often presages violence."--Marilyn Ivy, Columbia University

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Alan Tansman is Agassiz Professor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Writings of Kda Aya, a Japanese Literary Daughter and editor, with Dennis Washburn, of Studies in Modern Japanese Literature: Essays and Translations in Honor of Edwin McClellan.

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