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Cultural Hybrids of (Post)Modernism

Japanese and Western Literature, Art and Philosophy


Beatriz Penas-Ibáñez and Akiko Manabe

Cultural Hybrids of (Post)Modernism starts from the premise that the literary-cultural milieu we live in is characteristically hybrid. To develop that premise, the present volume focuses on explaining the strong impact that Japanese culture, especially Japanese aesthetics, bore on Western intellectuals, Modernist literary writers and artists from the second half of the nineteenth century onwards, and, conversely, the impact of Western modernity on Japanese cultural modernization from the Meiji Era onwards. Such intercultural contact has brought on a renewal of cultural formats that can be explained in terms of hybridity as regards both the aesthetic and the intellectual production of the artists and thinkers from Japan and the West throughout the twentieth century and to the present. The outcome of modernization was the creation of new cultural standards in Japan and the West and, with it, new ways of understanding pedagogy and education, a reconceptualization of the Nation versus the individual, a redefinition of the role of women in modernizing society, also a revision of philosophical thought and a new approach to the role of linguistic signs in the production of meaning.

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We wish to express our gratitude to the Research Vice-Chancellorship of the University of Zaragoza and the Japan Foundation (Madrid) for the finacial support offered to the Japan-Research-Group in the organization of the 2015 International Conference “Japan and the Individual: Eastern/Western Interculturalisms” held at the University of Zaragoza (Biblioteca María Moliner. Faculty of Arts /Faculty of Law (Research Project UZ no. 245–218). The Hemingway Society/Foundation is also to be thanked for welcoming our initiative to present a double-session panel on “Japanese Aesthetics in Hemingway” at the Society’s XVI Biennial International Conference (Venice 2014). It was the first time in the history of the Hemingway Society that this essential topic was addressed. The idea was promoted by Beatriz Penas-Ibáñez (co-editor of the present volume), and the panel was successfully coordinated by Society members Beatriz Penas-Ibáñez and Tateo Imamura, attracting highly specialized quality contributions. The present volume is indebted to all the above mentioned. ← 7 | 8 →

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