sidney giffard japan society despite the flourish of western studies of japanese literature in the past few decades the comic spirit in modern japanese fiction has been largely overlooked and joel cohn in this pioneering project has undertaken the challenging task of identifying the source of laughter hopefully this book will . Unlike traditional japanese literature which has a rich tradition of comedy modern japanese literature is commonly associated with a high seriousness of purpose in this path breaking study joel r cohn analyzes works by three writers ibuse masuji 1898 1993 dazai osamu 1909 1948 and inoue hisashi 1934 whose works constitute a relentless assault on the notion that comedy cannot . Japanese and american curators and critics cover a range of works across mediums from artists such as jikken kobo the gutai group yoko ono and daido moriyama this is the first english language publication to study japanese modern art with a focus on the avant garde movement of this chaotic and energetic period
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