Cover: Escape from the Wasteland: Romanticism and Realism in the Fiction of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo, from Harvard University PressCover: Escape from the Wasteland in PAPERBACK

Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 33

Escape from the Wasteland

Romanticism and Realism in the Fiction of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo

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$21.00 • £16.95 • €19.00

ISBN 9780674261815

Publication Date: 04/15/1996


  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface to the Paperback Edition
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Lost Garden: Beginnings of a Mythic Alternative
    • Festival Days: The Sound of Waves
    • Repletion and Rhythm: “Prize Stock”
    • The Sacrifice of the Innocent Writ Large: Pluck the Buds, Shoot the Kids
  • 2. The Wasteland of Sex
    • Eroticism in Postwar Literature
    • Absence and Desire: Confessions of a Mask and Our Era
    • From Fantasy to Reality: “The Locked Room” and “The Swimming Man”
  • 3. Cries in the Wasteland: Sexual Violence
    • Sex Begets Murder: Thirst for Love and Outcries
    • The Intellectual Takes Action: Madame de Sade and The Sexual Human
    • Affirmative Visions: A Personal Matter and “Patriotism”
    • Sexuality and the Role of Women
  • 4. In Search of the Garden
    • When You Meet the Buddha, Kill the Buddha: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
    • The Bitter Taste of Glory: The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
    • Summer Had Passed Them By: Our Era
    • Apocalypse Now: The Floodwaters Have Come unto My Soul
  • 5. Death and the Emperor: The Politics of Betrayal
    • The Emperor and Postwar Japan
    • Oh, My Emperor!: “Patriotism” and “Seventeen”
    • From Irony to Madness: Runaway Horses and “The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away”
  • 6. The Final Quest
    • You Can Learn a Lot from Legends: The Silent Cry
    • The Empty Garden: The Sea of Fertility
  • 7. Mishima, Oe, and Modern Japan
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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