New Working Paper

New Ideas in East Asian Studies has just published a new working paper by Ferran de Vargas from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona:

THROW AWAY YOUR BOOKS, RALLY IN THE STREETS: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTELLECTUALS AND MASSES IN TERAYAMA SHŪJI'S CINEMA

Abstract:

Terayama Shūji is as important counterculturally to the late 1960s and early 1970s as the philosopher Takaaki Yoshimoto was intellectually. Through the analysis of Terayama’s film Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (Sho o Suteyo, Machi e Deyō), this paper explores a premise little discussed in publications in English so far: namely, that the existentialist emphasis of this director’s cinema on the self-questioning subject, its transformation through action over circumstances and discourse, linked to its emancipatory spirit, allows him to connect his approaches with the ideology of the most libertarian sectors of the Japanese New Left during Japan’s 1960s ’season of politics’.