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Accomplices of Silence: The Modern Japanese Novel

by Masao Miyoshi
MICHIGAN CLASSICS IN JAPANESE STUDIES, NO. 15
ANN ARBOR: THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, 1996

Miyoshi closely analyzes six representative novelists within a general context that considers Japanese cultural interaction with the novel defined as an imported Western form. The writers are Futabatei Shimei, Mori Ogai, and Natsume Soseki of the Meiji and early Taisho eras; and Kawabata Yasunari, Dazai Osamu, and Mishima Yukio of the Hirohito (Showa) years. Miyoshi reveals structural characteristics of the Japanese novel, as well as more abstract thematic consequences of cultural importation. He also examines the often traumatic role played by the authors’ own lives in the process.

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