The Youth of Things: Life and Death in the Age of Kajii Motojiro (Hardback)Stephen Dodd (author)
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The Youth of Things is the first full-length book devoted to_ Kajii Motojir_. It brings together English translations of nearly_all his completed stories with an analysis of his literature in the context of several major themes that locate him in 1920s Japan._ In particular, Dodd links the writer's work with the physical body: Kajii's subjective literary presence was grounded first and foremost in his TB-stricken physical body, hence one cannot be studied with- out the other. His concerns with health and mortality drove him to play a central role in constructing a language for modern literature and to offer new insights into ideas that intrigued so many other Taish_ intellectuals and writers.
In addition, Kajii's early years as a writer were strongly influenced by the cosmopolitan humanism of the White Birch (Shirakaba) school, but by the time his final work was published in the early 1930s, an environment of greater cultural introspection was beginning to take root. This book offers some sense of the demise of one cultural moment and the creation of another.
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 621 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
Stephen Dodd's The Youth of Things forces reflection on the state of Japanese literary studies in the English language, not because it is typical of work being done today or an exemplar for future scholarship, but because it highlights the difficulties, decisions, and positions that cultural scholarship in area studies must engage and overcome. . . . The Youth of Things offers the opportunity for English-reading audiences to access more of Kajii than ever before, including some of his more obscure stories for the first time and in one place.-- "Journal of Japanese Studies"