This volume is the fifth in the series of studies on the modernization of Japan resulting from the Association for Asian Studies' Conference on Modern Japan. It is of the same high calibre as its predecessors. Each chapter represents a serious attempt by a reputable scholar to understand one very specific facet of cultural modernization in Japan. In the first four chapters, Soveak, Nagai, Shively and Keene provide fascinating, detailed insights into four issues of the Meiji era: the Iwahura Mission experience as recorded in its official report; the development of the Meiji educational system; the middle Meiji reaction of Japanization; and the cultural effects of the Sino Japanese war of 1894-95. Parts Two and Three deal more specifically with the individual producers of new cultural forms in the arts, and how they grappled with western techniques and aesthetic values. The topics range from drama to music to oil painting to poetry, and, of course, fiction and literary criticism. Despite the careful attention paid by the authors to aesthetic and technical problems particular to each art, the studies are all both intelligible and illuminating to the non- specialist. Rosenfield's analysis of western-style painters and their critics, Malm's piece
Journal of Asian and African Studies (in 2002 continued as African and Asian Studies) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1974
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