Modern Nonsense

Miriam Silverberg

in Erotic Grotesque Nonsense

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520222731
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924628 | DOI:
Modern Nonsense

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In September 1931, the critic Iijima Tadashi defined the true nonsense film as “nearly meaningless.” The director Itami Mansaku disagreed. Although he had been proclaimed the king of nonsense, he refused to see himself as a specialist in the nonsense film. Most others were less charitable to the nonsensical. The Dictionary of Vanguard Terms was disdainful. After telling its readers that nonsense referred to meaningless matters and that the fad for such foolishness had originated in America before spreading in Japan, it observed that nonsense, along with eroticism and “high speed,” was one of the three main constitutive elements of a class-based literature of modernism. There were, however, commentators who were the exceptions, and one who stands out is Satō Hachirō.

Keywords: Iijima Tadashi; Itami Mansaku; nonsense film; Satō Hachirō; modernism; eroticism

Chapter.  12575 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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