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Translating Mount Fuji
Author: Dennis C. Washburn

ISBN: 9780231138925
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 5 October 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
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Dennis Washburn traces the changing character of Japanese national identity in the works of six major authors: Ueda Akinari, Natsume S?seki, Mori ?gai, Yokomitsu Riichi, ?oka Shohei, and Mishima Yukio. By focusing on certain interconnected themes, Washburn illuminates the contradictory desires of a nation trapped between emulating the West and preserving the traditions of Asia.

Washburn begins with Ueda's "Ugetsu monogatari" ( "Tales of Moonlight and Rain") and its preoccupation with the distant past, a sense of loss, and the connection between values and identity. He then considers the use of narrative realism and the metaphor of translation in Soseki's "Sanshiro"; the relationship between ideology and selfhood in Ogai's "Seinen"; Yokomitsu Riichi's attempt to synthesize the national and the cosmopolitan; Ooka Shohei's post-World War II representations of the ethical and spiritual crises confronting his age; and Mishima's innovative play with the aesthetics of the inauthentic and the artistry of kitsch.

Washburn's brilliant analysis teases out common themes concerning the illustration of moral and aes...

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