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Beyond BrushtalkSino-Japanese Literary Exchange in the Interwar Period$
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Christopher T. Keaveney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099289

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099289.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Beyond Brushtalk

Christopher T. Keaveney

Hong Kong University Press

The golden age of Sino-Japanese literary exchange is first described. The writers examined in this book include a number of the most celebrated authors of the era from both China and Japan. Ultimately, although this study explores the relations involving famous writers such as Lu Xun and Tanizaki Jun'ichirō, the figure who emerges as the unsung hero of Sino-Japanese literary relations was a little-known bookstore owner named Uchiyama Kanzō, whose bookstore in Shanghai became the hub of relations between writers in the two communities during the interwar period. Brushtalk refers specifically to the practice of communication in East Asia among literate individuals, incapable of speaking one another's language, by means of written classical Chinese. The factors contributing to the ease of interaction between Chinese and Japanese writers in the interwar period are described. In addition, the sordid realities of Sino-Japanese political relations in the interwar period are discussed. The chapter then investigates Chinese and Japanese literary relations during the interwar period from a variety of perspectives. An overview of the chapters included in this book is given as well.

Keywords:   literary relations, Brushtalk, Lu Xun, Tanizaki Jun'ichirō, Uchiyama Kanzō, interwar period, political relations

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