I Want to Learn How to Think Beyond Academic Disciplines
Vol.13 2013.01.16 ITO, Noriya
Decadence as Transformation
What I would like us to think about here is decadence as one principle by which people transform things. Although decadence is generally thought of as evil and abhorrent (hence the name “decadence”), it is a judgment we make of its consequences. Once we turn our eyes to the evolution of decadence, “decadence” starts to take on a different appearance. P. Bourget, H. Ellis and Zhou Zuoren attended to the evolutional “decadence” that has possibility and creativity. They saw the wholeness of parts in it. What lies ahead can of course be the literal decadence. However, it is not a mere overstatement to say that our contemporary concept of human rights
(individualism), platonic love, cutting-edge academic research, or even OTAKU culture is all supported by the tendency.
- ITO, Noriya
- My core area of specialty is modern to contemporary Chinese literature, focused particularly on Zhou Zuoren, Lin Yutang, Zhang Jingsheng and Lu Xun. I aim toward analyzing various forms of modernity in contemporary (pre-war to present) China attending to the style of decadence in each of them.
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