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The Dilemma of Faith in Modern Japanese Literature

Metaphors of Christianity

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The Dilemma of Faith in Modern Japanese Literature by Massimiliano Tomasi
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The first book-length study to explore the links between Christianity and modern Japanese literature, this book analyses the process of conversion of nine canonical authors, unveiling the influence that Christianity had on their self-construction, their oeuvre and, ultimately, the trajectory of modern Japanese literature. Building significantly on previous research, which has treated the intersections of Christianity with the Japanese literary world in only a cursory fashion, this book emphasizes the need to make a clear distinction between the different roles played by Catholicism and Protestantism. In particular, it argues that most Meiji and Taisho intellectuals were exposed to an exclusively Protestant and mainly Calvinist derivation of Christianity and so it is against this worldview that the connections between the two ought to be assessed. Examining the work of authors such as Kitamura Tokoku, Akutagawa Ryunosuke and Nagayo Yoshiro, this book also contextualises the spread of Christianity in Japan and challenges the notion that Christian thought was in conflict with mainstream literary schools. As such, this book explains how the dualities experienced by many modern writers were in fact the manifestation of manifold developments which placed Christianity at the center, rather than at the periphery, of their process of self-construction. The Dilemma of Faith in Modern Japanese Literature will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese modern literature, as well as those interested in Religious Studies and Japanese Studies more generally.

Author Biography

Massimiliano Tomasi is Professor of Japanese and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Western Washington University. His publications include Rhetoric in Modern Japan: Western Influences on the Development of Narrative and Oratorical Style (2004).
Release date NZ
April 26th, 2018
Pages
204
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
CRC Press Inc
Dimensions
165x220x25
ISBN-13
9780815378761
Product ID
27741201

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