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  • Introduction / Masao Miyoshi and H. D. Harootunian vii

    Note on Japanese Names xxii

    On Culture and Technology in Postmodern Japan / Tetsuo Najita 3

    Critical Texts, Mass Artifacts: The Consumption of Knowledge in Postmodern Japan / Marilyn Ivy 21

    Of City, Nation, and Style / Isozaki Arata 47

    Visible Discourses/Invisible Ideologies / H. D. Harootunian 63

    Modernity and Its Critique: The Problem of Universalism and Particularism / Naoki Sakai 93

    Maruyama Masao and the Incomplete Project of Modernity / J. Victor Koschmann 123

    Against the Native Grain: The Japanese Novel and the "Postmodern" West / Masao Miyoshi 143

    Somehow: The Postmodern as Atmosphere / Norma Field 169

    Japan's Dual Identity: A Writer's Dilemma / Ōe Kenzaburō 189

    Suicide and the Japanese Postmodern: A Postnarrative Paradigm? / Alan Wolfe 215

    Karatani Kōjin's Origins of Modern Japanese Literature / Brett De Bary 235

    Infantile Capitalism and Japan's Postmodernism: A Fairy Tale / Asada Akira 273

    Picturing Japan: Reflections on the Workshop / Stephen Melville 279

    Glossary 289

    Notes on Contributors 297

    Index 299

  • Masao Miyoshi

    Tetsuo Najita

    Marilyn Ivy

    Isozaki Arata

    Naoki Sakai

    J. Victor Koschmann

    Norma Field

    Oe Kenzaburo

    Alan Wolfe

    Brett de Bary

    Karatani Kojin

    Asada Akira

    Stephen Melville

    Harry Harootunian

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    Postmodernism and Japan is a coherent yet diverse study of the dynamics of postmodernism, as described by Lyotard, Baudrillard, Deleuze, and Guatarri, from the often startling perspective of a society bent on transforming itself into the image of Western “enlightenment” wealth and power. This work provides a unique view of a society in transition and confronting, like its models in the West, the problems induced by the introduction of new forms of knowledge, modes of production, and social relationships.

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