Contemporary Japanese Thought (Weatherhead Books on Asia) by Richard Calichman

By Richard Calichman

Showing for the 1st time in English, the writings during this assortment mirror probably the most leading edge and influential paintings through eastern intellectuals lately. the amount deals a unprecedented and much-needed window into the the most important principles and positions at the moment shaping eastern suggestion ( shiso).In addressing the political, ancient, and cultural concerns that experience ruled jap society, those essays move quite a number disciplines, together with literary concept, philosophy, historical past, gender experiences, and cultural experiences. participants learn Japan's imperialist and nationalist earlier in addition to representations and remembrances of this heritage. additionally they critique fresh efforts in eastern right-wing circles to erase or imprecise the extra troubling points of Japan's colonial firm in East Asia. different essays discover how Japan has seen itself in regard to the West and the complicated effect of Western inspiration on eastern highbrow and political existence. The volume's groundbreaking essays on problems with gender and the contested position of feminist inspiration in Japan talk about the similarities among the emotional bullying of ladies who don't settle for conventional gender roles and teasing in colleges; how the japanese have followed parts of Western orientalism to discredit feminism; and ancient buildings of jap motherhood. (Vol. 4/1 2007)

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23 Orientarizumu no kanata he, p. 123. This logic of “deviation,” which grounds difference upon identity so as to negate or neutralize its otherwise dispersive effects, is also worked out by Takahashi Tetsuya in the course of his critique of Kato Norihiro, in Sengo sekinin ron (Tokyo: Kodansha, 1999), pp. 132–133 (included below). For an exchange of views between Kang and Takahashi regarding such topics as nationalism, civilization, and barbarism, see Shiko wo hiraku (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2002), esp.

Masao Miyoshi and H. D. Harootunian (Durham: Duke University Press, 1993), pp. 168–169. Introduction 39 It is unfortunate that Oe, despite his great importance as a writer, fails to understand that a plurality of possible national identities available to an individual does not necessitate choosing one true identity from among them. On the contrary, this very plurality points to the original absence of such identity. What is more, this absence of identity opens up in turn the possibility of identification, but the necessary consequence of this transition from identity to identification means that the latter is now radically contingent.

25. -Japan Women’s Journal, English supplement no. 13, 1997, p. 3. 26. -Japan Women’s Journal, English supplement no. 10, 1996, p. 5. Italics ours 27. Ayako Kano, Acting Like a Woman in Modern Japan (New York: Palgrave, 2001). As Kano (whose work is cited by Ueno in a note to “In the Feminine Guise”) writes, “Acting like a woman does not come naturally. It has to be taught, learned, rehearsed, and repeated. It does not arise from a moment of inspiration, but from many years of persistent inculcation.

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