In his introduction, Mark Driscoll provides a nuanced and engaging discussion of Yuasa's life and work and of the cultural politics of Japanese colonialism. He describes Yuasa's sharp turn, in the years following the publication of Kannani and Document of Flames, toward support for Japanese nationalism and the assimilation of Koreans into Japanese culture. This abrupt ideological reversal has made Yuasa's early writing-initially censored for its anticolonialism-all the more controversial. In a masterful concluding essay, Driscoll connects these novels to larger theoretical issues, demonstrating how a deep understanding of Japanese imperialism challenges prevailing accounts of postcolonialism.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 286 g
Dimensions: 232 x 149 x 13 mm
"Kannani and Document of Flames . . . is a far more valuable contribution to the study of 'Japanese (Japanese-language) literature and postcolonial studies than its unassuming title suggests. . . . [T]he volume reinvigorates the discussion of Japanese literature. . . [This volume] will be an effective tool for both scholarship and teaching." -- Edward Mack * Postcolonial Studies *