Friday, February 6, 2009

This Just In From Sally Suzuki, Japanese Dancer

A while back, Matt Treyvaud suggested that we do a series of articles on some of the major contemporary Japanese literary critics. So far our list includes: Karatani Kōjin, Ōda Makoto, Fujita Makoto, Fujita Shōzō, Sakamoto Yoshikazu, Isoda Kōichi, Maeda Ai, Komori Yōichi, and Kamei Hideo.

Before posting these articles, however, I thought it’d be a good idea to give a little background information about the history of modern Japanese literary criticism, which dates back to the 1880s. Lucky for us, Sally Suzuki has offered to give a crash course in the subject. Writes Ms. Suzuki:

I like your idea about doing a crash course in modern Japanese literary criticism. My first thought was to do it in epistolary form, in the manner of your recent “Letter to Mother (Or, Crash Course in Modern and Postmodern Literary Theory”). However, I could never hope to outdo you as an epistler, so I thought I would instead take a stab at the dramatic form, which I hear you’re no good at.

And so I've composed a little play in two parts, called The History of Modern Japanese Literary Criticism. The first part covers the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taishō (1912-1926) periods, while Part Two covers the Shōwa period (1926-1989). All the big names are in it-- Tsubouchi Shōyō, Mori Ōgai, Tayama Katai, Natsume Sōseki-- as well as some others you might not be familiar with. I’m hoping that it will prepare your readers for your upcoming series on contemporary Japanese critics. What do you say? If you’re willing to post it, I’ll send it in my next mail.

Sally Suzuki


C. Scroggins said...


Well, have you looked at it? Let us see it! Why must you always keep us waiting?

Joey Stromberg said...

I love your blog Ryan...even if half of it is over my head. I added a link to it from my little site. I especially appreciate your imitation of Glenn Gould. I request more.

Anonymous said...

Well, let us have it!


Ryan said...

Joey Stromberg,

I am very pleased to hear you like my blog. I value it more than my own life. And thanks for posting a link to it on your blog. I think the recent jump in viewers from 5 a day to 8 is your doing, friend. I'll try to get more piano performances, up, too, as you've requested.

Nashville, eh? Is everyone running together? Two married couples? What if one out-performs the other? I hope nobody gets their feelings hurt.

And too bad we're too old now for transnational adventures, eh? Or are we? Maybe we could relive our 2001 adventure someday.

I don't like this settling down business, but this could just be my Jewish heritage talking.

Take care, friend.

Ryan said...

By all means send it along.

Dean said...

I don't know what you mean but send it Sally! You can do it!

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