By Witold Gombrowicz
In a small literary gem jam-packed with sardonic wit, terrific insights, and provocative feedback Witold Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays—and addresses Marxism in a "fifteen-minute" piece.
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As a matter of fact, Tanizaki’s “The Tattoo/er” and Akutagawa’s “Hell Screen” are often grouped together as works of the Aesthetic School (tanbi-ha) and are seen not only as harbingers of modernism in prose but also as the beginnings of opposition to the literary school of Naturalism (shizen-shugi) and the narrative style of the I-novel, which emphasized flat, unvarnished, and sincere depiction in contrast to the new, spectacle-driven narrative style of the modernists. I shall return to this point concerning the fundamental differences in naturalist and modernist narrativity in Part 1.
The novels of Radclyffe Hall, Hilda Doolittle, and Christopher Isherwood are being reread not only as representing a minority voice, but also as articulating core issues of what it meant to be modern. The gender slippage introduced by Noël Coward in the witty and gay lyrics of “Any Little Fish Can Swim” (1931) or Cole Porter in “You’re the Top” (1934) speaks of strategies of artistic subversion that are contrarian and formalistic at one and the same time. As Noël and Cole knew only too well, being modern meant breaking taboos.
Nor does he dwell on the price that art demands from its devotees by rendering them into fertilizer in the name of a higher beauty—a sacrifice that ironically rivals the demands that the Meiji era placed on its subjects by turning them into cannon fodder for the modern nation state. Instead he offers a vision of Edo that is paradoxically older yet more modern as well as more urbane and freer than the boorish and illiberal times of 1910. ” Thus, in its emphasis on the high price that art exacts, Tanizaki’s story paved the way for other literary works that celebrated art for art’s sake and the artist’s unwavering devotion to his craft.
A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes by Witold Gombrowicz