Tradition and Modernization in Japanese Culture

Tradition and Modernization in Japanese Culture

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Essays on the Iwakura Embassy, the realistic painter Takahashi Yuichi, the educational system, and music, show how the Japanese went about borrowing from the West in the first decades after the Restoration: the formulation of strategies for modernizing and the adaptation of Western models to Meiji culture. In the second half of the volume, the darker side, the pathology of modernization, is seen. The adjustment of the individual and the effects of progressive modernization on culture in an increasingly complex, twentieth-century society are recurring themes. They are illustrated with particular intensity in the experience of such writers as Natsume Soseki and Kobayashi Hideo, in the thought of Nishida Kitaro, and in the millenarian aspects of the new religions. Originally published in 1971. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.Also, in writing shishApsetsu, TA³son might very well have been giving expression to the traditional Japanese conviction that poetry and the essay are the respectable literary forms, while fiction is for the vulgar. Poetry and the essay are a€œtruea€;anbsp;...

Title:Tradition and Modernization in Japanese Culture
Author:Donald H. Shively
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2015-03-08


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