Artist of the Floating World (Kazuo Ishiguro)


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Posted by Rob Ayton on October 14, 1998 at 21:14:15:

This novel is about an imaginary artist called Masuji Ono, an old man who is writing about his life. i am teaching this to a 12th Grade English group.

As the novel develops, Ono refers obliquely to posters he created during World War 2 which, at the end of the war, met with political disapproval. Trouble is, he only describes one in any detail, and is rather vague about the politics involved. I have spoken a little about Japan's part in the war, Japanese traditions and Empire and so on, but I am no expert and so cannot give information I'm not sure about. This makes the precise nature of Ono's blemished reputation rather difficult for my students to grasp.

In short; are there any good political posters produced by artists of the Floating World during WW2, whose propagandist/imperialistic/anti-west messages are quite clear (either in the artwork or accompanying written legend) that I could use as an example of the kind of thing Ono might have produced?

Anyone want my teacher notes on the novel??!


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