The field of ‘cultural studies’ has had a major impact in Japan, where many of the seminal English-language texts have been translated and discussed. Even before the Second World War and immediately after, however, Japan had its own intellectual background which set the foundations for this development. This essay looks at that background - through the writings of Tosaka Jun, Nakai Masakazu, Tsurumi Shunsuke and Katô ShÛichi. It then examines how British cultural studies made its way to Japan and how it was received there, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. Finally, it points to the research areas in which Japanese cultural studies has found fertile soil and why.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies