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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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. Objects of the Sublime in Literary Writing: Yasuda Yojūrō, Yanagi Sōetsu, Kawabata Yasunari, and Shiga Naoya

. Objects of the Sublime in Literary Writing: Yasuda Yojūrō, Yanagi Sōetsu, Kawabata Yasunari, and Shiga Naoya

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(p.105) 3. Objects of the Sublime in Literary Writing: Yasuda Yojūrō, Yanagi Sōetsu, Kawabata Yasunari, and Shiga Naoya
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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/9780520245051.003.0004

Whiteness covered the landscape of literature and the arts in Japan in the 1930s, an aesthetic response to a deep cultural malaise. It suggested a moment of authenticity or purity beyond the fractured space of modern life. The most provocative repository of images of whiteness in the 1930s was Yasuda Yojūrō's “Japanese Bridges,” its effectiveness in its time a direct result of its uncannily apt expression of the endemic desire for a cure to cultural and spiritual loss while signaling the impossibility of satisfying that desire. This chapter discusses how writers like Yanagi Sometsu, Kawabata Yasunari, and Shiga Naoya were committed to real objects of art, but they also sought to recreate the spatial quality of those objects in the linear time of language and literature. This spatial quality took the form of an expressive use of images of whiteness and purity, which stood for Japanese authenticity.

Keywords:   whiteness, purity, Japanese authenticity, Japanese writers

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