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The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism$
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Alan Tansman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245051

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245051.001.0001

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Introduction: The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism

Introduction: The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism

(p.1) Introduction: The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism
The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism

Alan Tansman

University of California Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to explore the aesthetics of fascism in 1930s Japan. The works examined in this study—the writings of the Romantic essayist Yasuda Yojūrō, of the novelists Kawabata Yasunari and Shiga Naoya, of the folk-craft theorist Yanagi Sōetsu; of the culture critic Kobayashi Hideo, and of the postwar novelist Nakagami Kenji; a propaganda tract written by a governmental committee; a popular movie; and the singing of the postwar chanteuse Misora Hibari—supplied the permeating stream of ideology needed to promote goals more overtly elaborated in the political realm. The chapter then discusses the nature of Japanese fascism and so-called fascist moments, which grew out of cultural work and seduced readers away from intellectual analysis into submission to a mystique of national and racial destiny.

Keywords:   cultural work, fascism, fascist moments, 1930s Japan

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