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Author Schnellbächer, Thomas.

Title Abe Kōbō, literary strategist : the evolution of his agenda and rhetoric in the context of postwar Japanese avant-garde and communist artists' movements / Thomas Schnellbächer
Published München : Iudicium, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (507 pages)
Series Iaponia insula ; Bd. 13
Iaponia insula ; Bd. 13
Contents Cover; Impressum; Table of contents; Introduction: A Literary Career in the Context of the Postwar; 1 Continuity, Discontinuity and the Intention of Texts; 2 Biographic Outline; I Values in Postwar (sengo) Japan; 1 The sengo Term and the Principle of the New Beginning; 1.1 Values Associated with sengo; 1.2 The Significance of Literature in sengo; 1.3 Sengo as a Faction; 1.4 Sengo and the Generation Question; 1.5 Periods of sengo; 1.6 Summary: the Significance of sengo for Literary Ideology; 2 Issues of Cultural Self-Definition in Literary Debates; 2.1 The Debate on Subjectivity
2.1 "The Moment of Creativity" (September 1948/May 1949)2.2 "Fresh Words" (May 1948); 2.3 "A Critique of Surrealism" (August 1949); 2.4 "Literature and Time" (October 1949); 2.5 "The 'Art of the Revolution' Must Be the 'Revolution of Art'!" (July 1949); 2.6 "The Destiny of Art" (June 1950); 2.7 Summary; 3 A Voyage of Discovery into the Masses: Essays 1952-1954; 3.1 "The Pockmarked Muse" (October 1952); 3.2 Texts Dealing with the "Folk Literature" Movement; 3.2.1 "A Contribution to the Discussion on Folk Literature" (November 1952); 3.2.2 "Summing up the Doctrine of Folk Literature" (May 1953)
2.2 The Debate on the War Responsibility of Writers2.3 The Debate on Politics and Literature; 2.4 The New Japan Literature Association and Jinmin Bungaku; 2.5 Summary: Factions and Range of Positions; 3 Paradigms, Variances and Changes; II Abe Kōbō's Activities in Artists' Organizations; 1 The Pre-Communist Phase, 1947-1950; 1.1 Kindai Bungaku; 1.2 The Beginnings of The Century; 1.3 The Night Society; 1.4 Summary; 2 In the Party Mainstream, 1950-1955; 2.1 The Century after Reorganization; 2.2 Communist Party Activities; 2.3 Jinmin Bungaku; 2.4 The Present Society; 2.5 Summary
3 In the United National Movement Executive, 1955-19623.1 New Japan Literature Association Organs; 3.2 The Society for Documentary Art; 3.3 Abe's Expulsion from the Communist Party; 3.4 Summary; 4 Developments in Abe's Literary Commitment; III The Rhetoric of Abe's Essays; 1 Introduction: Claims of Consistency in Epilogues; 1.1 With the Heart of a Beast and a Hand Like a Calculating Machine (December 1957); 1.2 The Philosophy of the Desert (October 1965); 1.3 To Mark the End of the Road (December 1965); 2 From Artistic to Social Revolution: Essays 1948-1950
3.3 "The Course of the Literature Movement" (April 1953)3.4 "Maps of Maps" (April 1954); 3.5 Summary; 4 Transition -- Two Essays Republished after 1955; 4.1 "With the Heart of a Beast and a Hand Like a Calculating Machine" (February 1955/December 1957); 4.2 "First the Dissecting Knife" (September 1955/December 1957); 4.3 Summary; 5 Social Commitment in the Mass Media Age: Essays 1956-1960; 5.1 Texts Associated with "Neo-Documentarism"; 5.1.1 "On the Spirit of Documentation" (May 1958); 5.1.2 "A Case for Neo-Documentarism" (July 1958)
Summary Among the great authors of postwar Japan, Abe Kōbō (1924-1993) is the mechanic. Works such as ""The Woman in the Dunes"" (1962), which brought him worldwide renown, conduct a profound analysis of human existence, while revelling in technical detail. The early postwar years were not only formative for Abe as a writer and political activist, they were also formative years for Japanese literature, culture, and politics. While progressing, in his own words, ""from existentialism, to surrealism, and on to Communism"", Abe published numerous treatises, tracts and other essays of various kinds concer
Notes Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Freie Universität Berlin, 2001
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 490-501) and index
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Subject 880-01 Abe, Kōbō, 1924-1993 -- Criticism and interpretation.
880-01 安部公房, 1924-1993 -- Criticism and interpretation.
880-02 Abe, Kōbō, 1924-1993 -- Political and social views.
880-02 安部公房, 1924-1993 -- Political and social views.
Authors, Japanese -- 20th century -- Political and social views.
Communism -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Japan -- Intellectual life -- 1945-
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Academic theses.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3862059146 (electronic bk.)
9783862059140 (electronic bk.)