Contemporary Japanese Thought

Paperback | September 14, 2005

EditorRichard Calichman

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Appearing for the first time in English, the writings in this collection reflect some of the most innovative and influential work by Japanese intellectuals in recent years. The volume offers a rare and much-needed window into the crucial ideas and positions currently shaping Japanese thought (shiso).

In addressing the political, historical, and cultural issues that have dominated Japanese society, these essays cross a range of disciplines, including literary theory, philosophy, history, gender studies, and cultural studies. Contributors examine Japan's imperialist and nationalist past as well as representations and remembrances of this history. They also critique recent efforts in Japanese right-wing circles to erase or obscure the more troubling aspects of Japan's colonial enterprise in East Asia. Other essays explore how Japan has viewed itself in regard to the West and the complex influence of Western thought on Japanese intellectual and political life.

The volume's groundbreaking essays on issues of gender and the contested place of feminist thought in Japan discuss the similarities between the emotional bullying of women who do not accept traditional gender roles and teasing in schools; how the Japanese have adopted elements of Western orientalism to discredit feminism; and historical constructions of Japanese motherhood.

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Appearing for the first time in English, the writings in this collection reflect some of the most innovative and influential work by Japanese intellectuals in recent years. The volume offers a rare and much-needed window into the crucial ideas and positions currently shaping Japanese thought (shiso).In addressing the political, histor...

Richard F. Calichman is assistant professor of Japanese studies at the City College of New York, CUNY. He is the author of Takeuchi Yoshimi: Displacing the West and the editor and translator of What Is Modernity? Writings of Takeuchi Yoshimi (Columbia). He lives in New York City.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 14, 2005Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231136218

ISBN - 13:9780231136211

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction, by Richard F. Calichman1. Ehara YumikoThe Politics of TeasingA Feminist View of Maruyama Masao's Modernity2. Kang SangjungThe Imaginary Geography of a Nation and Denationalized NarrativeThe Discovery of the "Orient" and Orientalism3. Karatani Ko JinOvercoming ModernitySoseki's Diversity: On Kokoro4. Nishitani OsamuThe Wonderland of "Immortality"5. Naoki SakaiTwo Negations: The Fear of Being Excluded and the Logic of Self-Esteem6. Takahashi TetsuyaJapanese Neo-Nationalism: A Critique of Kato Norihiro's "After the Defeat" DiscourseFrom the Hinomaru and Kimigayo to the Symbolic Emperor System7. Ueno ChizukoIn the Feminine Guise: A Trap of Reverse OrientalismCollapse of "Japanese Mothers"8. Ukai SatoshiColonialism and ModernityReflections Beyond the Flag: Why Is the Hinomaru Flag "Auspicious/Foolish"?GlossaryList of ContributorsIndex of Names

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[Calichman has] rendered us a tremendous service. This collection makes a powerful first step toward filling a definite need.