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The Return of the Gods: Japanese Drama and Culture in the 1960s (Return of the Gods, No. 116)

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ISBN 10: 1885445164 / ISBN 13: 9781885445162
Published by Cornell Univ East Asia Program, 2002
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Title: The Return of the Gods: Japanese Drama and ...

Publisher: Cornell Univ East Asia Program

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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First published in 1988 and now available in a photo-reprint paperback edition, this book provides an important perspective on the theatre, culture, and politics of Japan in the 1960s. It contains translations of five plays representative of the period, with analytical commentary by a leading authority on postwar Japanese drama. The author’s central thesis is that the 1960 demonstrations against the renewal of the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty was a major turning point in Japanese intellectual life, one characterized by disillusionment with the old left and the legacy of prewar left-wing formulations and by a quest for an alternative to the dominant Hegelian-Marxist system. The book argues that the 1960s were a period of eschatological reflection in which profound questions about ultimate ends were being asked.

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David Goodman is the translator of After Apoccalypse: Four Japanese Plays of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, editor-translator of Land of Volcanic Ash; and editor of Five Plays by Kishida Kunio. He is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois.

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