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The Dawn That Never Comes
Author: Michael Bourdaghs

ISBN: 9780231129800
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 17 October 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.3
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A critical rethinking of theories of national imagination, "The Dawn That Never Comes" offers the most detailed reading to date in English of one of modern Japan's most influential poets and novelists, Shimazaki Toson (1872--1943). It also reveals how Toson's works influenced the production of a fluid, shifting form of national imagination that has characterized twentieth-century Japan.

Analyzing Toson's major works, Michael K. Bourdaghs demonstrates that the construction of national imagination requires a complex interweaving of varied -- and sometimes contradictory -- figures for imagining the national community. Many scholars have shown, for example, that modern hygiene has functioned in nationalist thought as a method of excluding foreign others as diseased. This study explores the multiple images of illness appearing in Toson's fiction to demonstrate that hygiene employs more than one model of pathology, and it reveals how this multiplicity functioned to produce the combinations of exclusion and assimilation required to sustain a sense of national community.

Others have argued that nationalism is inherently ambivalent and ...

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