Oct 15/17 – Ero-Guro-Nansensu

Keep in mind the new society and the new identities springing up within the frictions and relations of nation/state/capital. This week we recapture a vague growing sense of crisis again. But it is clearly not the naiyū-gaikan variety, nor is it Sensei’s misanthropy.

class slides

Tanizaki slides

Key Texts:

  1. Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, “In a Grove
  2. Edogawa Ranpo, “Daydream,” “The Horrors of Film,” & “Spectral Voices”
  3. Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows (all)
  4. Watsuji, “The Way of the Subject,” Sources, 284-87.

Background Readings:

  1. Najita & Harootunian, “Japan’s Revolt Against the West” (Read at least “Culturalism” and “Cultural Particularism”)

They Live’s critical-theoretical sunglasses