Beata Kubiak Ho-Chi, Współczesna literatura japońska 1980–2010.




Beata Kubiak Ho-Chi, Contemporary Japanese Literature 1980–2010: Writers, trends, tendencies

The Japanese literature of the last three decades that deals with crucial topics for Japanese post-modern society, like the human feeling of bewilderment in a reality dominated by the world of information technologies, alienation, identity crisis, etc., appears to be a literature sensitive to social changes in the country. At the same time, in this rather brief thirty year period, it underwent radical changes which erased the border between the artistic high literaturę (junbungaku) and popular literature (taishū bungaku), and enabled the writers to cross the boundaries previously imposed on literature by their mother tongue, leading to the formation of so-called “border-crossing literature” (ekkyō bungaku). Further essential change is the present equal treatment of literature created by men and women. Contemporary Japanese literaturę is no longer laden with the segregation of “women’s literature” (joryū bungaku) with its gender burden, but instead contains works of literaturę appreciated for their high artistic value, presenting a fresh view of reality, written by fully self-aware women. Many of them bare witness to the common, and long present in Japan, culture of anti-anthropocentrism that, by the way, forms the foundation of the critical posthumanism trend now actively developing in the West.