Novel Japan: Spaces of Nationhood in Early Meiji Narrative, 1870-88 (Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, No. 48)

Mertz, John Pierre

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Synopsis: Novel Japan interrogates the mechanisms by which literary narrative was transformed into national discourse in early Meiji Japan. By elucidating the interplay between popular fiction and its political and economic contexts, Mertz shows how ideas of nationhood were often the incidental result of conflicting projects of modernization and literary representation. To illustrate these mechanisms, the author explores cultural phenomena such as crime trial reportage, steamboat tourism, the market for overseas fashions, peasant uprisings, images of crowds, changing expressions of social mobility, and other topics rarely brought into discussions of literary history. For instance, crime trial fiction prompted readers to consider the fate of the nation as an extension of the politics of the courtroom. suffering at the hands of corrupt government, yet comprising a potent force of political righteousness. In the final chapters, Mertz examines the relations of these early Meiji works to the canon of modern Japanese literature, demonstrating the self-concealing nature of literary history, and questioning the role of the west as Japan's model for modernity.

About the Author: John Pierre Mertz received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Tokyo from 1986 to 1988, and he has also lived in Nagoya and Kyoto. Since 1990 he has taught Japanese literature and language at North Carolina State University.

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