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Erotic Grotesque NonsenseThe Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times$
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Miriam Silverberg

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222731

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222731.001.0001

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Japanese Modern within Modernity

Japanese Modern within Modernity

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Erotic Grotesque Nonsense

Miriam Silverberg

University of California Press

This chapter examines the placing of the consumer-subject within mass culture; erotic grotesque nonsense as montage; Japanese modern culture as politics; and the documentary impulse. It places the years of erotic grotesque nonsense within the global modern culture of the 1920s and 1930s, and positions the Japanese modern culture of those decades within a Japanese modernity stretching from the state-sponsored modernization policies of the Meiji era into the late twentieth century. It also agrees in part with John Frow's distinctions. For Frow, modernism refers to a bundle of cultural practices, some of them adversarial; modernization is an economic process with social and cultural implications; and modernity, overlapping with the modernization process, is a philosophical category designating the temporality of the post-traditional world.

Keywords:   mass culture, consumer-subject, erotic grotesque nonsense, cultural practices, Japanese modernity, John Frow

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