I abruptly discovered these presuppositions upon reading, for example, Kawabata Yasunari
's Tukiguni (Snow Country) or the sadly inelegantly English-titled The Makioka Sisters (for the elegant original title of Sasameyuki or Thin-Falling Snow) by Tanizaki Junichiro.
The author Kawabata Yasunari
, who was hired by the Manchukuo regime to coordinate Manchurian multi-ethnic literature through the medium of Japanese language, eventually became disillusioned with the failure of Japan's utopian project in Manchukuo.
In her last chapter, Culver explores Kawabata Yasunari
's (1899-1972) promotion of Manchurian literature in between 1941 and 1944.
As exemplars, Shields points to Kawabata Yasunari
and others who created with him the journal Bungei jidai (Literary Age), spotlighting the "neo-sensationism" also called "neo-Impressionism" (shinkankakuha) of these writers.
Allocating a chapter each--sometimes two chapters--to the works of Kawabata Yasunari
, Murakami Haruki, Furui Yoshikichi, Mishima Yukio, Natsume Soseki, Oe Kenzaburo, and Kobayashi Hideo, he discusses the various temptations inscribed in them and attempts to delineate the fundamental features of what he calls "discourses of seduction."
Miniature Masterpieces of Kawabata Yasunari
. Tokyo: Eichosha-shinsha.
She was also given the following year the Kawabata Yasunari
Prize for Literature, typically given to seasoned writers.
It is remarkable as the first book-length critical study of an author whom many thought might be the next Mishima Yukio or Kawabata Yasunari
to the West, yet whose fiction has engendered reactions in his Japanese critics ranging from despair and disgust to hope and enthusiasm.