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.
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.
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