The Rise and Fall of Modern Japanese Literature

Described as "saucy but erudite" by leading Japanese novelist Minae Mizumura, this history of Japanese literature from the 1870s to the present day breaks new ground in explaining how Japan writers have participated in modernity but remained unlike quite unlike those in the rest of the world.

Selected Works

Criticism
A history of modern Japanese literature from the nineteenth century to the present.
The first history of Japan's literary and cultural response to the unprecedented use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Fiction
A novel about gay lives in 1980s Seattle
Memoir
John, a teacher living in Tokyo, encounters AIDS panic in 1980s Japan.

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