Read Japanese Literature

Japanese Literature in WWII

July 12, 2022 Alison Fincher Season 1 Episode 12
Read Japanese Literature
Japanese Literature in WWII
Show Notes

Today we’re talking about the 1930s and 40s in Japan—fascism, World War Two, and the American Occupation.

In particular, how did 20 years of censorship shape Japanese literature?

We're also taking a look at the life and work of Akiyuki Nosaka, whose novella, "Grave of the Fireflies" inspired the classic anime film. We'll discuss his short story, "The Cake Tree in the Ruins".

Notes and sources at the podcast episode website.