Studies in the Comic Spirit in Modern Japanese Fiction

Studies in the Comic Spirit in Modern Japanese Fiction

Details

Author(s)
Joel R. Cohn
Format
Hardback | 250 pages
Dimensions
158 x 235 x 23.11mm | 520g
Publication date
27 May 1998
Publisher
HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, Mass, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0674847113
ISBN13
9780674847118

Description

Unlike traditional Japanese literature, which has a rich tradition of comedy, modern Japanese literature is commonly associated with high seriousness of purpose. In this study, Joel R. Cohn analyzes works by three writers - Ibuse Masuji (1898-1993), Dazai Osamu (1909-1948), and Inoue Hisashi (1934-) - whose works constitute an assault on the notion that comedy cannot be part of serious literature. Cohn focuses on thematic, structural and stylistic elements in the works of these writers to show that modern Japanese comedic literature is a product of a particular set of historical, social, and cultural experiences. Cohn finds that cultural and social forces in modern Japan have led to the creation of comic literature that tends to deflect attention away from a human other and turn on itself in different forms.


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