The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism
"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
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
and Kobayashi Hideo
5 other sections not shown
abstract Akiyuki Akutagawa ancient argued artistic authentic beauty become called Chikuma Chikuma gendai bungaku Chutaro cliches concrete created critic Dark Night's Passing death desire emotional emperor essay essence eternal evoked expression Eyelids fascist aesthetic fascist moments feeling film gendai bungaku taikei hashi Hibari human ideal ideology imagination imitation Imperial intellectual Japan Japanese Bridges Japanese fascism Japanese literature Kawabata Yasunari kitsch Kobayashi Hideo Kokutai no hongi kotodama language literary literature living logic Manchuria meaning Miki Kiyoshi Misora Hibari modern modernist mother movement movie Mozart Mozart's music myth Nakagami Nakagami Kenji narrative National Polity nature Nihon novel object past poet poetic poetry political popular prose reader reality resistance rhetoric rhythm seems sense Shiga Naoya Shimamura social song spirit style sublime things thinking thought timeless tion Tokyo tradition trans transformation University Press violence vision words writing wrote Yanagi Soetsu Yasuda Yasuda Yojuro zenshu