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Critical Aesthetics - Kobayashi Hideo, Modernity, and Wartime Japan (Hardcover): James Dorsey Critical Aesthetics - Kobayashi Hideo, Modernity, and Wartime Japan (Hardcover)
James Dorsey
R829 R776 Discovery Miles 7 760 Save R53 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This study revolves around the career of Kobayashi Hideo (1902 1983), one of the seminal figures in the history of modern Japanese literary criticism, whose interpretive vision was forged amidst the cultural and ideological crises that dominated intellectual discourse between the 1920s and the 1940s.

Kobayashi sought in criticism a vehicle through which to rhetorically restore to the artistic work an aura of concreteness that precluded interpretation and instead inspired awe, to somehow recover a literary experience unmediated by intellectual machinations. In adhering firmly to this worldview for the duration of World War II, Kobayashi came to assume a complex stance toward the wartime regime. Although his interweaving of aesthetics and ideology exhibited elements of both resistance and complicity, his critical ethos served ultimately to undergird his wartime fascist stance by encouraging acquiescence to authority, championing patriotism, and calling for more vigorous thought control.

Treating Kobayashi s influential works and the historical context in which they are rooted, James Dorsey traces the emergence of a modern critical consciousness in conversation with such concerns as the nature of materiality in capitalist culture, the relationship of narrative to subjectivity, and the nostalgia for beauty in a time of war.

Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails (Paperback): James Dorsey Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails (Paperback)
James Dorsey
R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Toward Dusk and Other Stories (Paperback): Junnosuke Yoshiyuki Toward Dusk and Other Stories (Paperback)
Junnosuke Yoshiyuki; Translated by Andrew Clare; Introduction by James Dorsey
R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Brown/James/Dorsey/Herman - Uncollected Big Bands 4 (CD): Various Artists Brown/James/Dorsey/Herman - Uncollected Big Bands 4 (CD)
Various Artists; Recorded by Various Artists; Performed by Brown/James/Dorsey/Herman
R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Out of stock
Literary Mischief - Sakaguchi Ango, Culture, and the War (Hardcover): James Dorsey, Douglas Slaymaker Literary Mischief - Sakaguchi Ango, Culture, and the War (Hardcover)
James Dorsey, Douglas Slaymaker; Contributions by Ogino Anna, Karatani Kojin, Doug Slaymaker, …
R1,887 R1,748 Discovery Miles 17 480 Save R139 (7%) Out of stock

Sakaguchi Ango (1906-1955) was a writer who thrived on iconoclasm and agitation. He remains one of the most creative and stimulating thinkers of twentieth-century Japan. Ango was catapulted into the public consciousness in the months immediately following Japan's surrender to the Allied Forces in 1945. The energy and iconoclasm of his writings were matched by the outrageous and outsized antics of his life. Behind that life, and in the midst of those tumultuous times, Ango spoke with a cutting clarity. The essays and translations included in Literary Mischief probe some of the most volatile issues of culture, ideology, and philosophy of postwar Japan. Represented among the essayists are some of Japan's most important contemporary critics (e.g., Karatani K?jin and Ogino Anna). Many of Ango's works were produced during Japan's wars in China and the Pacific, a context in which words and ideas carried dire consequences for both writers and readers. All of the contributions to this volume consider this dimension of Ango's legacy, and it forms one of the thematic threads tying the volume together. The essays use Ango's writings to situate his accomplishment and contribute to our understanding of the potentials and limitations of radical thought in times of cultural nationalism, war, violence, and repression. This collection of essays and translations takes advantage of current interest in Sakaguchi Ango's work and makes available to the English-reading audience translations and critical work heretofore unavailable. As a result, the reader will come away with a coherent sense of Ango the individual and the writer, a critical apparatus for evaluating Ango, and access to new translations of key texts.

Literature among the Ruins, 1945-1955 - Postwar Japanese Literary Criticism (Paperback): Atsuko Ueda, Michael K. Bourdaghs,... Literature among the Ruins, 1945-1955 - Postwar Japanese Literary Criticism (Paperback)
Atsuko Ueda, Michael K. Bourdaghs, Richi Sakakibara, Hirokazu Toeda; Contributions by Michael K. Bourdaghs, …
R970 Discovery Miles 9 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the wake of the disaster of 1945-as Japan was forced to remake itself from "empire" to "nation" in the face of an uncertain global situation-literature and literary criticism emerged as highly contested sites. Today, this remarkable period holds rich potential for opening new dialogue between scholars in Japan and North America as we rethink the historical and contemporary significance of such ongoing questions as the meaning of the American occupation both inside and outside of Japan, the shifting semiotics of "literature" and "politics," and the origins of what would become crucial ideological weapons of the cultural Cold War. The volume consists of three interrelated sections: "Foregrounding the Cold War," "Structures of Concealment: 'Cultural Anxieties,'" and "Continuity and Discontinuity: Subjective Rupture and Dislocation." One way or another, the essays address the process through which new "Japan" was created in the postwar present, which signified an attempt to criticize and reevaluate the past. Examining postwar discourse from various angles, the essays highlight the manner in which anxieties of the future were projected onto the construction of the past, which manifest in varying disavowals and structures of concealment.

The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer (Hardcover): James Dorsey The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer (Hardcover)
James Dorsey
R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Out of stock

James M. Dorsey introduces the reader to the world of Middle Eastern and North African football - an arena where struggles for political control, protest and resistance, self-respect and gender rights are played out. Politics was the midwife of soccer in the region, with many clubs being formed as pro- or anti-colonial platforms and engines of national identity and social justice. This book uncovers the seldom-told story of a game that evokes deep-seated passions.
Football fans are shown to be a major political force and one of the largest civic groups in Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood: their demands for transparency, social justice, and an end to corruption sparked vicious street battles that left scores dead and thousands wounded. Discontent in Algeria erupts regularly at matches where fans demand the ouster of military leaders. A folk-song crooning national goalkeeper leads protests in Homs, Syria's third largest city and scene of some of the worst violence perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad's regime. In a country that bans physical education for girls, Saudi women have established clandestine football clubs and leagues. The book further tells the story of Somali child soldiers turned soccer stars and Iranian women who dress as men to smuggle themselves into stadiums to watch matches.

Literature among the Ruins, 1945-1955 - Postwar Japanese Literary Criticism (Hardcover): Atsuko Ueda, Michael K. Bourdaghs,... Literature among the Ruins, 1945-1955 - Postwar Japanese Literary Criticism (Hardcover)
Atsuko Ueda, Michael K. Bourdaghs, Richi Sakakibara, Hirokazu Toeda; Contributions by Michael K. Bourdaghs, …
R1,838 R1,625 Discovery Miles 16 250 Save R213 (12%) Out of stock

In the wake of the disaster of 1945-as Japan was forced to remake itself from "empire" to "nation" in the face of an uncertain global situation-literature and literary criticism emerged as highly contested sites. Today, this remarkable period holds rich potential for opening new dialogue between scholars in Japan and North America as we rethink the historical and contemporary significance of such ongoing questions as the meaning of the American occupation both inside and outside of Japan, the shifting semiotics of "literature" and "politics," and the origins of what would become crucial ideological weapons of the cultural Cold War. The volume consists of three interrelated sections: "Foregrounding the Cold War," "Structures of Concealment: 'Cultural Anxieties,'" and "Continuity and Discontinuity: Subjective Rupture and Dislocation." One way or another, the essays address the process through which new "Japan" was created in the postwar present, which signified an attempt to criticize and reevaluate the past. Examining postwar discourse from various angles, the essays highlight the manner in which anxieties of the future were projected onto the construction of the past, which manifest in varying disavowals and structures of concealment.

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