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The Rise and Fall of Modern Japanese Literature
The Rise and Fall of Modern Japanese Literature tells the story of Japanese literature from its start in the 1870s against the backdrop of a rapidly coalescing modern nation to the present. John Whittier Treat takes up both canonical and forgotten works, the non-literary as well as the literary, and pays special attention to the Japanese state’s hand in shaping literature ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 368 pages
Published 2018 by University of Chicago Press
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I found this quite fascinating, humbling, erudite. Treat's knowledge of Japan's literary and social history is thorough and he weaves a compelling tale focusing on a few representatives of the primary modern eras. Japan lends itself well to a look at where human civilization may be heading and it's not a terribly cheery view. Treat does not shy away from the environmental degradation, heating planet, nuclear disaster (3/11 Fukushima) in speculating that human life on earth may be winding down. ...more