The Journal of Japanese Studies
repose and violence suffused the writings of Kawabata Yasunari, Shiga
Naoya, and Yasuda Yojūrō in the 1920s and 1930s.
time of political and cultural crisis, they shared a yearning for
“fascistic” moments of aesthetic wholeness tinged with violence.
images were born not from explicitly political or tendentious motivations,
but largely from aesthetic concerns.
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)