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The Rise and Fall of Modern Japanese Literature

"Erudite but saucy, The Rise ans Fall of Modern Japanese Literature suceeds in making the history of modern Japanese literature as colorful as the neon-lit back alleys of Tokyo." —Minae Mizumura

The Rise and Fall of Modern Japanese Literature tells the story of Japanese literature from its start in the 1870s against the backdrop of a rapidly coalescing modern nation to the present. John Whittier Treat takes up both canonical and forgotten works, the non-literary as well as the literary, and pays special attention to the Japanese state's hand in shaping literature throughout the country's nineteenth-century industrialization, a half-century of empire and war, its post-1945 reconstruction, and the challenges of the twenty-first century to modern nationhood.