What Is Modernity?

Writings of Takeuchi Yoshimi

Takeuchi Yoshimi. Translated by Richard Calichman

Columbia University Press

What Is Modernity?

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Pub Date: February 2005

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224 Pages

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What Is Modernity?

Writings of Takeuchi Yoshimi

Takeuchi Yoshimi. Translated by Richard Calichman

Columbia University Press

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.
Reading Takeuchi... sheds light on key issues in discussions of postmodernism, nationalism, and postcolonialism. Choice
Highly recommended as a valuable text. Steven Heine, Journal of Japanese Studies
Introduction
Ways of Introducing Culture—Focusing Upon Lu Xun
What Is Modernity?
The Question of Politics and Literature
Hu Shi and Dewey
Overcoming Modernity
Asia as Method

About the Author

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.