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Abstract

ALAN TANSMAN
Images of Repose and Violence in Three Japanese Writers

Images of repose and violence suffused the writings of Kawabata Yasunari, Shiga Naoya, and Yasuda Yojūrō in the 1920s and 1930s.  In a time of political and cultural crisis, they shared a yearning for “fascistic” moments of aesthetic wholeness tinged with violence.  Such images were born not from explicitly political or tendentious motivations, but largely from aesthetic concerns.  In this way they partook of a language of politics, for though fascism most conspicuously appears in the political realm, its promise of salvation is made aesthetically, not only in mass cultural products but also in the most rarified of literary texts.

Volume 28, Number 1 (Winter 2002)
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