Manufacturing Modern Japanese Literature: Publishing, Prizes, and the Ascription of Literary Value (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)

Manufacturing Modern Japanese Literature: Publishing, Prizes, and the Ascription of Literary Value (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)


Emphasizing how modes of ebook creation, promoting, and intake form principles of literary worth, Edward Mack examines the function of Japan’s publishing in defining sleek jap literature. within the overdue 19th century and early 20th, as cultural and monetary strength consolidated in Tokyo, the city’s literary and publishing elites got here to dominate the dissemination and maintenance of eastern literature. As Mack explains, they conferred cultural worth on specific works through growing prizes and multivolume anthologies that signaled literary advantage. One such anthology, the Complete Works of up to date jap Literature (published among 1926 and 1931), supplied many readers with their first event of chosen texts special as smooth eastern literature. The low cost of 1 yen in step with quantity allowed the sequence to arrive thousands of readers. An early prize for contemporary eastern literature, the once a year Akutagawa Prize, first provided in 1935, grew to become the country’s highest-profile literary award. Mack chronicles the historical past of ebook construction and intake in Japan, exhibiting how advances in expertise, the growth of a marketplace for literary commodities, and the improvement of an intensive studying neighborhood enabled phenomena akin to the Complete Works of up to date jap Literature and the Akutagawa Prize to fabricate the very idea of recent eastern literature.

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