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The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism
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The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism

Alan Tansman

Abstract

This wide-ranging study of Japanese cultural expression reveals how a particular, often seemingly innocent aesthetic sensibility—present in novels, essays, popular songs, film, and political writings—helped create an “aesthetic of fascism” in the years leading up to World War II. Evoking beautiful moments of violence, both real and imagined, these works did not lead to fascism in any instrumental sense. Yet, the book suggests, they expressed and inspired spiritual longings quenchable only through acts in the real world. The book traces this lineage of aesthetic fascism from its beginnings in t ... More

Keywords: Japanese cultural expression, aesthetic sensibility, aesthetic fascism, World War II, violence, spiritual longings, postwar Japan, novels, popular songs, political writings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520245051
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520245051.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Tansman, author