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New titles from CEAS, Fall, 2018

"Red Ghost White Ghost" book cover


The following descriptions are excerpted from the CEAS on-line catalog which we welcome you to visit here:

RED GHOST WHITE GHOST: Stories and Essays by Kita Morio Translated with Introduction by Masako INAMOTO  This volume introduces short stories and essays by Kita Morio (1927-2011), one of the most significant, prolific, and beloved postwar writers in Japan. Also known by his literary persona, Dokutoru Manbō(Doctor Manbō), Kita was a remarkably versatile writer who produced both serious and comical works in a wide variety of genres. The story “The Red Ghost and the White Ghost,” from which the title is taken, is a children’s story about two ghosts who are incapable of scaring people. Although it is a story for children, Kita subtly includes his criticism of modern society where people only value scientific and tangible things.

REPRESENTING LIVES IN CHINA: Forms of Biography in the Ming-Qing Period   1368-1911  Ihor Pidhainy, Roger Des Forges, Grace S. Fong, editors  The chapters in this ground-breaking volume examine the complex practices of biographical writing in Ming and Qing China.   The informed and fascinating readings illuminate the enduring appeal of representing and represented lives in Chinese history.

STORIES FROM THE SAMURAI FRINGE Hayashi Fusao's Proletarian Short Stories and the Turn to Ultranationalism in Early Shōwa Japan by Jeff E. Long  Few events have symbolized the interwar Japanese intellectual community’s inability to put up a principled resistance to the Japanese government’s growing authoritarianism like the tenkō phenomenon of the 1930s (the political and/or ideological renunciation of the Communist Party and its affiliated organizations and activities).  Here we examine Hayashi’s tenkō through a close reading of his proletarian short stories.  As a result, this work also draws attention to one of the more controversial intellectual and cultural issues during Japan’s “red decade” (1925-1935), the political role of literature in contesting the state’s dominance of state-society relations in imperial Japan.