Title Ethics of emotion in nineteenth-century Japanese literature
Licentious fictions : ninjō and the nineteenth-century Japanese novel / Daniel Poch.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]


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Description 1 online resource (ix, 290 pages)
Note Revised and expanded version of the author's thesis (doctoral)--Columbia University, 2014 titled Ethics of emotion in nineteenth-century Japanese literature : Shunsui, Bakin, the political novel, Shôyô, Sôseki.
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Subject Japanese fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Emotions in literature.
Ethics in literature.
Genre Literary criticism.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism.
Contents From ninjō to the ninjōbon : toward the licentious novel -- Questioning the idealist novel : virtue and desire in Nansō Satomi hakkenden -- Translating love in the early Meiji novel : ninjōbon and yomihon in the age of enlightenment -- Historicizing literary reform : shōsetsu shinzui, translation, and the civilizational politics of ninjō -- The novel's failure : Shōyō and the aporia of realism and idealism -- Ninjō and the late Meiji novel : recontextualizing Sōseki's literary project.
Summary "Nineteenth-century Japanese literary discourse and narrative developed a striking preoccupation with ninjō--literally 'human emotion, ' but often used in reference to amorous feeling and erotic desire. For many writers and critics, fiction's capacity to foster both licentiousness and didactic values stood out as a crucial source of ambivalence. Simultaneously capable of inspiring exemplary behavior and a dangerous force transgressing social norms, ninjō became a focal point for debates about the role of the novel and a key motor propelling the dynamics of narrative plots. In Licentious Fictions, Daniel Poch investigates the significance of ninjō in defining the literary modernity of nineteenth-century Japan. He explores how cultural anxieties about the power of literature in mediating emotions and desire shaped Japanese narrative from the late Edo through the Meiji period. Poch argues that the Meiji novel, instead of superseding earlier discourses and narrative practices surrounding ninjō, complicated them by integrating them into the new cultural and literary signifiers brought about by Western translation. He offers close readings of a broad array of late Edo- and Meiji-period narrative and critical sources, examining how they shed light on the great intensification of the concern surrounding ninjō. In addition to proposing a new theoretical outlook on the significance of emotion, Licentious Fictions challenges the divide between early modern and modern Japanese literary studies by conceptualizing the nineteenth century as a continuous literary-historical space"-- Provided by publisher
Other Title Print version: Poch, Daniel (Daniel Taro). Ethics of emotion in nineteenth-century Japanese literature. Licentious fictions. New York : Columbia University Press, [2020] 9780231193702
Other Title Ninjō and the nineteenth-century Japanese novel