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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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. Modernist Beginnings: Akutagawa Ryūnosuke and Kobayashi Hideo

. Modernist Beginnings: Akutagawa Ryūnosuke and Kobayashi Hideo

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(p.34) 1. Modernist Beginnings: Akutagawa Ryūnosuke and Kobayashi Hideo
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The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism
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Alan Tansman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520245051.003.0002

This chapter considers the close connection between modernism and fascism in Japan. It discusses how Akutagawa Ryūnosuke's modernism displays the origins of a distinctly Japanese fascist aesthetic. Though Akutagawa died before Japan's entry into war and totalitarianism and never married those aesthetics to a politics of violence or death, we might wonder still whether his aesthetics would have led to such a politics. It is argued that Kobayashi Hideo's modernism, so richly informed by Akutagawa's, made that very turn.

Keywords:   Japan, fascism, modernism, fascist aesthetics, Kobayashi Hideo, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke

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