"Modanizumu" introduces faces altogether new or particularly unknown: Abe Tomoji, Kajii Motojiro, Murayama Kaita, Osaki Midori, Tachibana Sotoo, Takeda Rintaro, Tani Joji, Yoshiyuki Eisuke, and Yumeno Kyusaku. It additionally revisits such luminaries as Kawabata, Tanizaki, and the detective novelist Edogawa Ranpo. Key works that it culls from the modernist repertoire comprise Funabashi Seiichi's "Diving", Hagiwara Sukataro's "Town of Cats," Ito Sei's "Streets of Fiendish Ghosts", and Kawabata's movie situation "Page of Madness".
"William Tyler has assembled a awesome choice of interwar tales that vividly seize the spirit of modanizumu, an assemblage of free-wheeling attitudes in the direction of the pleasures of the lived lifestyles, the vicissitudes of latest tradition, and the ambiguous nature of human character, offering within the combination a sequence of glittering glimpses into nonetheless one other creative Japan, one a long way got rid of either from the earnestness of the previous Meiji interval and the consequent darkish years of the Pacific conflict. Be ready to reconsider the character of contemporary jap literature; or higher nonetheless, easily learn those frequently wondrous stories, a few tall, a few brief, one by one, and revel in a notable, releasing second in eastern literary history." —J. Thomas Rimer, professor emeritus of jap literature, college of Pittsburgh
"This is a travel de strength that offers readers a whole and bright photo of jap literature and its cultural milieu among 1913 and 1938, with easily rendered translations of influential works and a thought-provoking critique of the way traits and hobbies in this interval were ‘constructed’ and ‘reinvented’ ever considering. The publication also will function an incredible reference for these learning twentieth-century jap literature." —Steve Rabson, professor emeritus of eastern, Brown University
"Modanizumu is the 1st anthology of eastern modernist prose, and as such it's going to enable readers to familiarize yourself with a couple of advantageous writers from the modernist interval who're little identified open air Japan. It additionally provides the 1st systematic and entire assessment in English of jap modernist prose as an experimental phenomenon flourishing within the first few a long time of the 20 th century yet carrying on with to workout common effect on jap fiction in the course of the smooth and modern sessions. The editor’s introductory fabrics supply an unique and critical definition of jap modernist literature, and his dialogue of matters correct to comparatists makes the ebook a superb bridge among jap and Western modernisms." —Janet A. Walker, professor of comparative literature, Rutgers University
Remarkably little has been written almost about modernism in eastern fiction. beforehand there was neither a complete survey of eastern modernist fiction nor an anthology of translations to supply a scientific creation. only in the near past have the phrases "modernism" and "modernist" turn into a part of the normal discourse in English on smooth jap literature and doubts referring to their authenticity vis-a-vis Western ecu modernism stay. This anomaly is mainly ironic in view of the decidedly modan prose crafted by way of such famous eastern writers as Kawabata Yasunari, Nagai Kafu, and Tanizaki Jun’ichiro. in contrast, students within the visible and high-quality arts, structure, and poetry simply embraced modanizumu as a key notion for describing and examining jap tradition within the Twenties and 1930s.
This quantity addresses this discrepancy through offering in translation for the 1st time a set of twenty-five tales and novellas consultant of eastern authors who labored within the modernist idiom from 1913 to 1938. Its prefatory fabrics offer a scientific review of the literary movement’s salient features—anti-naturalism, cosmopolitanism, the concept that of the double self, and actionism—and describe how modanizumu developed from its early "jagged edges" right into a refined but renowned expression of jap city lifestyles within the first 1/2 the 20th century. The modanist kind, characterised by means of younger exuberance, a tongue-in-cheek tone, and narrative thoughts like superimposition, is abundantly illustrated.
Modanizumu introduces faces altogether new or quite unknown: Abe Tomoji, Kajii Motojiro, Murayama Kaita, Osaki Midori, Tachibana Sotoo, Takeda Rintaro, Tani Joji, Yoshiyuki Eisuke, and Yumeno Kyusaku. It additionally revisits such luminaries as Kawabata, Tanizaki, and the detective novelist Edogawa Ranpo. Key works that it culls from the modernist repertoire contain Funahashi Seiichi’s Diving, Hagiwara Sakutaro’s "Town of Cats," Ito Sei’s Streets of Fiendish Ghosts, and Kawabata’s movie state of affairs web page of insanity. This quantity strikes past traditional perspectives to put this significant circulation in jap fiction inside of a world context: an indigenous expression born of the fission of neighborhood creativity and the fusion of cross-cultural interplay.