The Structure of Detachment: The Aesthetic Vision of Kuki Shuzo
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200pp. June 2005
The Structure of Detachment: The Aesthetic Vision of Kuki Shuzo
Editor: Nara, Hiroshi; Rimer, Thomas J.; Mikkelsen, Jon Mark; Translator: Nara, Hiroshi;
Published in 1930, when Japan was struggling to define and assert its national and cultural identity, The Structure of Iki (Iki no kôzô) re-introduced the Japanese to a sophisticated tradition of urbane and spirited stylishness (iki) that was forged in the Edo period. Upon his return from Europe, Kuki Shûzô (1888–1941) made use of the new theoretical frameworks based on Western Continental methodology to redefine the significance of iki in Japanese society and culture. By applying Heidegger’s hermeneutics to this cultural phenomenon, he attempted to recast traditional understanding in the context of Western aesthetic theory and reestablish the centrality of a purely Japanese sense of "taste."

The three critical essays that accompany this new translation of The Structure of Iki look at various aspects of Kuki, his work, and the historical context that influenced his thinking. Hiroshi Nara first traces Kuki’s interest in a philosophy of life through his exposure to Husserl, Heidegger, and Bergson. In the second essay, J. Thomas Rimer compels readers to reexamine The Structure of Iki as a work in the celebrated tradition of zuihitsu (stream-of-consciousness writings) and takes into account French literary influences on Kuki. The philosopher’s controversial link with Heidegger is explored by Jon Mark Mikkelsen in the final essay.

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"Excellent" —Donald Richie, Japan Times, 12 September 2004

"A superb translation of one of Japan’s most popular treatises in aesthetics" —Journal of Asian Studies, February 2005

Editor: Nara, Hiroshi; Rimer, Thomas J.; Mikkelsen, Jon Mark; Translator: Nara, Hiroshi;
Hiroshi Nara is chair and associate professor of Japanese language and linguistics in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh.
Read the introduction (PDF).
Acknowledgements

Preface
J. Marshall Unger

Introduction

Part 1 Reading as a cultural act

Chapter 1 Learning to Read as a Native Speaker
Mari Noda

Chapter 2 Reading as a Social Activity
Mari Noda

Chapter 3 Taking it from the Top: the Growth and Care of Genres
Charles J. Quinn, Jr.

Part 2 Theoretical orientation

Chapter 4 The Foreign Language Learner
Hiroshi Nara

Chapter 5 Toward a Theoretical Understanding of Reading
Fumiko K. Harada

Chapter 6 The View from Cognitive Neuroscience
Chris Brockett

Part 3 Implementation

Chapter 7 Designing a Reading Program
Hiroshi Nara

Chapter 8 Implementation of Reading in the Classroom
Hiroshi Nara

Chapter 9 Evaluation in Reading
Mari Noda

Chapter 10 Selection and Development of Learning Materials
Mari Noda

Chapter 11 Adopting High technology in Developing Teaching Materials
Hiroshi Nara

References

About the authors

Index




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