Terrible Beauty: Aesthetics of Death in Polish and Japanese War Literature

Olga Bogdańska
2014 IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship  
War narration is inseparably linked to the image of death, which is a very sensitive issue. This paper shows how in two different cultures writers have attempted to turn death into something good, heroic and even beautiful. I am concerned with how death in wartime can arouse an aesthetic response. In discussing the representation of death in the war literature of Poland and Japan, the long-standing question of aesthetic attitudes to the traumatic experience of war in the twentieth century is
more » ... tieth century is raised. This paper draws on texts related to the Second World War in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region.
doi:10.22492/ijl.3.1.04 fatcat:u32ihaifjbfqndgfsqoebnbrau