Monday, October 20, 2008

Notes on Tsubouchi Shoyo's "The Essence of the Novel" (Part 6)

Conclusion (To be continued . . .)

For my next article I intend to expand upon the ideas developed here, and to address the question of how much of the history of post-Meiji Japanese literature can be seen as a response (either hostile or welcoming) to the ideas articulated in Shōyō’s Shōsetsu shinzui. Whereas writers as diverse as Tayama Katai and Mori Ōgai aligned themselves, for the most part, with the ideas of European realism, others, such as Ozaki Kōyō (1873-1939), Izumi Kyōka (1873-1939), and perhaps even Ishikawa Jun (1899-1987) sought their roots in earlier, “pre-realism” traditions of Japanese literature. In the next article, I will consider those writers whose works can be seen as a sort of reaction against Victorian notions of realism.

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