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A Tanizaki Feast
The International Symposium in Venice
edited by Adriana Boscaro, University of Venice & Anthony Hood Chambers, Arizona State University

This volume presents eighteen essays, written by scholars from six countries, on Tanizaki Jun’ichiro€ (1886–1965), one of the great writers of the twentieth century. The essays were originally prepared for a landmark international symposium in Venice in 1995, at which twenty-two speakers addressed an audience of about two hundred students and scholars in the magnificent Aula Magna of the University of Venice. The essays have been significantly revised for this publication. Topics include Tanizaki’s fiction, plays, and film scenarios; his aesthetics; his place in Japanese intellectual history; his depiction of the West; his use of humor; and film adaptations of his works.

Adriana Boscaro, Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Venice, has written widely on the cultural history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Japan and translated works by Tanizaki and other writers into Italian. She is the General Editor of the Japanese Literature series published by Marsilio Editori in Venice.

Anthony Hood Chambers, Professor of Japanese at Arizona State University, has translated a number of works by Tanizaki into English. He is the author of The Secret Window: Ideal Worlds in Tanizaki’s Fiction (1994) and editor (with Aileen Gatten) of New Leaves: Studies and Translations of Japanese Literature in Honor of Edward Seidensticker (1993).

Published by Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
Michigan Monographs in Japanese Studies No. 24
Published 1998, 202 pp.
ISBN 0 939512 90 4, hardback, £30.00