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Hiroshi Nara is professor of Japanese language and Japanese linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.
Chapter 1 Inexorable Modernity
Chapter 2 Art and Aesthetics
Chapter 3 Potentially Disruptive: Censorship and the Painter Kawanabe Kyosai
Chapter 4 Modernité in Art: Kojima Kikuo's Critique of Contemporary Japanese Painting, 1931-1940
Chapter 5 The Ascent of Yoga in Modern Japan and the Pacific War
Chapter 6 Art and Ethics in Watsuji Tetsuro's Philosophy
Chapter 7 Theatre
Chapter 9 Contesting Authority through Comic Disruption: Mixed Marriages as Metaphor in Postwar Kyogen Experiments
Chapter 10 An Aesthetic of Destruction: Mishima Yukio's My Friend Hitler
Chapter 11 Remembered Idylls, Forgotten Truths: Nostalgia and Geography in the Drama of Shimizu Kunio
Chapter 12 Healing the (Metaphysically) Sick (Theatre): A Buddhist Ibsen in Christian Japan
Chapter 13 Literature
Chapter 14 The Wild Geese Revisited: Mori Ogai's Mix of Old and New
Chapter 15 Public Space and the Nature of Modern Fiction: Izumi Kyoka's Noble Blood, Heroic Blood
Chapter 16 Yokomitsu Riichi's Two Machines
Inexorable Modernity has the clear virtue of addressing modern Japanese aesthetics, painting, and theater in a single volume, one of very few recent works to do so.....
By drawing together essays on art and aesthetics, theatre, film, and literature, this volume provides a broad, nuanced view of the landscape of modernity in Japan. It is a most interesting and useful resource for teaching—a fine tribute to an outstandingscholar and teacher whose erudition and creativity have afforded pleasure and insight to so many readers over the years....
— Elaine Gerbert