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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Mariia Kolesova
The Question of the Division of “Pure Literature” and “Mass Literature” in Japan
Asian Studies
(Bachelor’s programme)
7
2017
End of the XIX – beginning of the XX century was a tough period for Japanese literature. Reality and ideals were incompatible and, as a result, a search for new literature means of expression has begun. This search was influenced by western literature and has led to formation of so-called “pure” literature, which main artistic method was realism. Although the concept of “pure” literature does not have precise definition, literature critiques agreed on the fact that “purity” exists and saw popular literature as an opposite notion.

Keywords: Japanese literature, “pure” literature, “mass” literature, I-novel, “shishy͞osetsu”, “jun-bungaku”, “taishyu-bungaku”.

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