• Review: The Uses of Literature in Modern Japan: Histories and Cultures of the Book (Sari Kawana)

    Author(s):
    Molly Des Jardin (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Japanese literature, Modern Japanese literature, Reading, Canonicity, Publishing, Modern literature, 20th-century literature, Preservation
    Item Type:
    Book review
    Tag(s):
    Literary canon, media mix
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/09jq-dj51
    Abstract:
    Questions of use value, and about the labor involved in creating it, are a fascinating way to approach literary history and canonicity, and a novel perspective in looking back at the lifespan of some twentieth-century works. However, the organization of the monograph itself does not help advance a coherent and cohesive argument about how use value functions and, moreover, not just how producers attempt to give work use value but why works may have relevance for audiences in different contexts over time. In other words, how does use value itself work? What does it look like for audiences? And how are audiences actors in consuming as well as reacting to literature? This review investigates such questions and evaluates the structure of and evidence used in this book.
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    I have permission to deposit a preprint of this review (before copyediting)
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