Introduction: Kawabata Yasunari in the twenty-first century

Michael K. Bourdaghs, Cécile Sakai, Hirokazu Toeda

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Abstract: This introduction argues that there is a need to engage in a fresh re-reading of Kawabata Yasunari. It proposes several possible approaches, including using Kawabata as a model for understanding processes of literary canonization, a rethinking of his reception around the globe during the Cold War period, and a historicization of his work in relation to the various censorship regimes that existed in twentieth-century Japan. It also provides brief summaries of the articles contained in this special issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-11
Number of pages10
JournalJapan Forum
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 2


  • canonization
  • censorship
  • Cold War
  • Kawabata Yasunari
  • literary history
  • translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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