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Modernism and Colonial Modernity in Early Twentieth‐Century Japan

Vera Mackie

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0056

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Modernism and Colonial Modernity in Early Twentieth‐Century Japan

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This article examines the history of modernism and colonial modernity in Japan during the twentieth century. It suggests that elements of Japanese culture could serve as resources and exotic reference points for Euro-American experimentation, and that Japanese modernity also existed in a series of overlapping temporalities. The article argues that the concept of colonial modernity is a reminder that the cultural production of early twentieth-century Japan was embedded in regional and global relationships of inequality, and that the boundaries of modernism are thus constantly shifting, indicating that the definition of what constitutes a modernist artwork is a question of reading strategies as much as the identification of formal features.

Keywords: modernism; colonial modernity; Japan; Euro-American experimentation; inequality

Article.  7767 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Postcolonial Literature) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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