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A Preliminary Review on Japanese Avant-Garde Literature

Qiu Yafen

After the introducing of futuristic artistic concept into Japan, generations of Japanese avant-garde art lovers and writers have made lasting effort to explore it. Writers like Kobo Abe appeared and had brilliant success in exploring Japanese avant-garde literature and won worldwide recognition. Yet systematic study on Japanese avant-garde literature is laid behind, and relevant materials can scarcely be found in various kinds of literature. However, influenced by western literature, modern Japanese literature showed obvious synchronicity with it. If the development of modern Japanese literature could be brought together from the perspective of ‘avant-garde literature’, a new window to know more about its features will be opened.