We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to Bungei Shunju Archives (1942-1950).
Please note our subscription currently includes only the years 1942 to 1950. These issues can provide insight into what major authors and other public figures in Japan were saying during World War II and immediately after the war.
From the publisher website:
Bungeishunju is a general monthly magazine founded by the author Kikuchi Kan in January 1923 (Taisho 12). As Kikuchi wrote in his Founding Message, “I’m tired of being asked to say things. I want to say what I am thinking with a sense of freedom, without having to be concerned about readers and editors,” he founded the magazine with the wish to conduct free writing activities that would not be hemmed in by the framework of literary circles. Bungeishunju became a forum for the publication of essays and creative writing by a great number of authors including, of course, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, but also Kume Masao, Kawabata Yasunari, Satomi Ton, Kobayashi Hideo and Naoki Sanjugo.
The publication of articles on current affairs also began in the early Showa period, and what especially caught the attention of the reading public were the round-table discussions. Bungeishunju was able to invite to these the most prominent personalities of the time to speak on a variety of topics.
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