Japan and the Specter of Imperialism

Hardcover | October 15, 2009

byMark Anderson

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Japan and the Specter of Imperialism examines competing Japanese responses to the late nineteenth century unequal treaty regime as a confrontation with liberal imperialism, including the culture and gender politics of U.S. territorial expansion into the Pacific. The book examines how both the unequal treaties and Japanese legal reform served to impose and then incorporate the logic of market capitalism within a distinctly Japanese social order. It reveals that competing concepts of domesticity figured centrally in naturalizing capitalism in Japan and rationalizing Japan’s own expansion. The unequal treaty regime is situated as a precursor of contemporary neoliberal practices such as economic development zones and U.S. status of forces agreements.

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Japan and the Specter of Imperialism examines competing Japanese responses to the late nineteenth century unequal treaty regime as a confrontation with liberal imperialism, including the culture and gender politics of U.S. territorial expansion into the Pacific. The book examines how both the unequal treaties and Japanese legal reform ...

Mark Anderson is Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he teaches courses on Japanese film and cultural studies. He received his Ph.D. on East Asian Literature from Cornell University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619223

ISBN - 13:9780230619227

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Ansei Treaties and the Specter of Imperialism * Chapter One John Luther Long’s Madame Butterfly and Imperial Domesticity * Chapter Two The Science of Making Men: Moral Fitness for Global Competition * Chapter Three Imperial Aesthetics and the State in Meiji Japan * Chapter Four Aesthetics and the Moral Capital of the Family State * Chapter Five Liberal Governmentality and Melodramatic Resistance in Ozaki Koyo’s Konjiki yasha * Chapter Six Haga Yaichi’s Institution of Classical Japanese Literature: National Community, Governmentality, and Colonial Domesticity

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"This study of the relation between the national and the modern in 'Ansei-treaty era Japan' is a bracing revision of late nineteenth-century intellectual history...This illuminating book not only criticizes the field but does something about it."—Journal of Japanese Studies"Drawing heavily on analysis from post-colonial studies, Japan and the Specter of Imperialism gives a novel account of the relationship between Western imperialism and the spaces of Japanese national political cultures. The strength of this work lies in its analysis of the debates on what constituted a nation. These debates raged across a broad set of disciplines (literature, philosophy, social sciences, art, ethics), colonizing the imagination via the production of knowledge about history, peoples and places, whilst simultaneously contributing to the formation of an oppressive and territorially aggressive Japanese nation-state."—Journal of Asian Studies