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The Dawn That Never Comes: Shimazaki Toson and Japanese Nationalism (Wetherhead Study of the East Asian Institute)

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A critical rethinking of theories of national imagination, The Dawn That Never Comes offers the most detailed reading to date in English of one of modern Japan's most influential poets and novelists. This book surveys the ideologies of national imagination at play in early-twentieth-century Japan, specifically in the work of Shimazaki Toson (1872-1943). Bourdaghs analyzes Toson's major works in detail, using them to demonstrate that the field of national imagination requires a complex interweaving of varied--and sometimes even contradictory--figures for positing a national community. While many scholars have shown, for example, that modern hygiene has functioned in nationalist thought as a method of excluding foreign others as diseased, this study explores the multiple images of illness in Toson's fiction to demonstrate that hygiene employs more than one model of pathology. Others have argued that nationalism is inherently ambivalent and self-contradictory; Bourdaghs shows more concretely both how this is so and why it is necessary.

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Shimazaki Toson (1872-1943) was one of modern Japan's best-known poets and novelists. In this study, Bourdaghs (East Asian languages and cultures, UCLA) explores the ways in which Toson's writing influenced the development of Japanese nationalist thought. Individual chapters address such issues as modern medicine and the discourses of national health; ideologies of the family and its representation in modern literary works; and the gendering of the canon of national literature.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A critical rethinking of theories of national imagination, The Dawn That Never Comes offers the most detailed reading to date in English of one of modern Japan's most influential poets and novelists, Shimazaki Toson (1872--1943). It also reveals how Toson's works influenced the production of a fluid, shifting form of national imagination that has characterized twentieth-century Japan.

Analyzing Toson's major works, Michael K. Bourdaghs demonstrates that the construction of national imagination requires a complex interweaving of varied — and sometimes contradictory — figures for imagining the national community. Many scholars have shown, for example, that modern hygiene has functioned in nationalist thought as a method of excluding foreign others as diseased. This study explores the multiple images of illness appearing in Toson's fiction to demonstrate that hygiene employs more than one model of pathology, and it reveals how this multiplicity functioned to produce the combinations of exclusion and assimilation required to sustain a sense of national community.

Others have argued that nationalism is inherently ambivalent and self-contradictory; Bourdaghs shows more concretely both how this is so and why it is necessary and provides, in the process, a new way of thinking about national imagination. Individual chapters take up such issues as modern medicine and the discourses of national health; ideologies of the family and its representation in modern literary works; the gendering of the canon of national literature; and the multiple forms of space and time that narratives of national history require.

Synopsis:

A critical rethinking of theories of national imagination, "The Dawn That Never Comes" offers the most detailed reading to date in English of one of modern Japan's most influential poets and novelists. This book surveys the ideologies of national imagination at play in early-twentieth-century Japan, specifically in the work of Shimazaki Toson (1872--1943). Bourdaghs analyzes Toson's major works in detail, using them to demonstrate that the field of national imagination requires a complex interweaving of varied — and sometimes even contradictory — figures for imagining the national community.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231129800
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York
Author:
Bourdaghs, Michael
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Nationalism in literature
Subject:
Asian - Japanese
Subject:
Shimazaki, Toson
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Wetherhead Study of the East Asian Institute
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.46x5.98x.89 in. 1.15 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A critical rethinking of theories of national imagination, The Dawn That Never Comes offers the most detailed reading to date in English of one of modern Japan's most influential poets and novelists, Shimazaki Toson (1872--1943). It also reveals how Toson's works influenced the production of a fluid, shifting form of national imagination that has characterized twentieth-century Japan.

Analyzing Toson's major works, Michael K. Bourdaghs demonstrates that the construction of national imagination requires a complex interweaving of varied — and sometimes contradictory — figures for imagining the national community. Many scholars have shown, for example, that modern hygiene has functioned in nationalist thought as a method of excluding foreign others as diseased. This study explores the multiple images of illness appearing in Toson's fiction to demonstrate that hygiene employs more than one model of pathology, and it reveals how this multiplicity functioned to produce the combinations of exclusion and assimilation required to sustain a sense of national community.

Others have argued that nationalism is inherently ambivalent and self-contradictory; Bourdaghs shows more concretely both how this is so and why it is necessary and provides, in the process, a new way of thinking about national imagination. Individual chapters take up such issues as modern medicine and the discourses of national health; ideologies of the family and its representation in modern literary works; the gendering of the canon of national literature; and the multiple forms of space and time that narratives of national history require.

"Synopsis" by , A critical rethinking of theories of national imagination, "The Dawn That Never Comes" offers the most detailed reading to date in English of one of modern Japan's most influential poets and novelists. This book surveys the ideologies of national imagination at play in early-twentieth-century Japan, specifically in the work of Shimazaki Toson (1872--1943). Bourdaghs analyzes Toson's major works in detail, using them to demonstrate that the field of national imagination requires a complex interweaving of varied — and sometimes even contradictory — figures for imagining the national community.
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