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Regarded as one of the foremost thinkers in postwar Japan, Takeuchi Yoshimi (1910-1977) questioned traditional Japanese thought and radically reconfigured an understanding of the subject's relationship to the world. His works were also central in drawing Japanese attention to the problems inherent in western colonialism and to the cultural importance of Asia, especially China. Takeuchi's writings synthesized philosophy, literature, and history, focusing not simply on Japan and the West but rather on the triangular relationship between Japan, the West, and China. This book, which represents the first appearance of Takeuchi's essays in English translation, explores Japanese modernity, literature, and nationalism as well as Chinese intellectual history. Takeuchi's research demonstrates how Asians attempted to make sense of European modernity without sacrificing their own cultural histories. An authentic method of modernity for Asia, Takeuchi concludes, needs to stress difference and plurality as opposed to the homogenizing force of westernization.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231133272
ISBN-10: 0231133278
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 164mm x 11mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 12-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Takeuchi Yoshimi

Takeuchi Yoshimi (1910-1977) was an eminent scholar, literary and social critic, and sinologist. He was the translator of Lu Xun's works into Japanese. Richard Calichman is an assistant professor of Japanese Studies at the City College of New York, CUNY. He is the author of Takeuchi Yoshimi: Displacing the West.