Global Cultural Identity on the Example of Japanese Trivial Literature and European Literary Tendencies


The modern global information society depends on numerous national infrastructures which have developed as intellectual capital, differing historical, sociological and political conditions, as well as a system of organization and presentation of information. The relationship between the pure and the trivial literature depends upon historical and personal particularities and relations. Thus we encounter the trivial genre and it’s flourishing in the highly developed pre-modern urban culture of the Edo period in Japan, with its second peak marking the mid-twentieth century. The main challenge of the 2lst century is a pursuit of an answer to the question whether the appeal of the trivial literature represents response to the reading crisis. Does the modern culture reach for irrationalism, mysticism, idealism and the fantastic in order to evade the dry reality over-saturated by facts, information and exact data? By searching for the meaning, we are approaching the third peak of trivial literature in Europe, as well as in Japan. These tendencies will be elaborated throughout this paper in order to recognize bonds between trivial literature tendencies, modern society and global cultural identity.

Key words: trivial literature, cultural identity, Edo period, Japan, Europe

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Ljiljana Markovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia

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Conference: LibrAsia2013
Stream: Literature

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