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Searching for Japan20th Century Italy's Fascination with Japanese Culture$
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Michele Monserrati

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621075

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621075.001.0001

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Little Italy, Big Japan: Patterns of Continuity and Displacement among Italian Writers in Japan

Little Italy, Big Japan: Patterns of Continuity and Displacement among Italian Writers in Japan

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(p.137) Chapter Three Little Italy, Big Japan: Patterns of Continuity and Displacement among Italian Writers in Japan
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Searching for Japan
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Michele Monserrati

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621075.003.0004

Chapter 3 fast forwards to the post-war years and the period of reconstruction, which featured rapid economic growth in both Italy and Japan. The chapter considers the writings of Fosco Maraini, Goffredo Parise, Alberto Moravia and Italo Calvino through the ideological framework of continuity and change that was widely debated in Japan at the time of its rapid modernization. The chapter main argument is that the perceived Japanese model of societal evolution, based on a relation of continuity with the country’s past and tradition, played a central role in the writing of Italians traveling to Japan in this period by virtue of generating a contrast with the Italian model of evolution, which was predicated upon rupture and displacement. The conclusion of the chapter advances the hypothesis of a neo-exotic wave of interest toward Japan, predicated upon post-Marxist intellectuals’ quest for areas of the world that (unlike Europe) had not yet fallen under the ideological and cultural dominion of the Cold War’s bipolar order.

Keywords:   Modernity in Japan, Westernization, Italian republic, Fosco Maraini, Goffredo Parise, Alberto Moravia, Italo Calvino, Neo-exoticism, Third-Worldism, Race and culture

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