From Flight to Self-destruction
Thus, the theory of the bundan evolved in the first post-war years in the writings of men like Itō Sei, Hirano Ken, Nakamura Mitsuo and others. The escapist character of life in the Japanese literary community forms the nucleus of this theory, which examines the roots of escapist behaviour and its link with traditional oriental patterns of thought. Equally it examines the bundan’s artistic ideology — the belief in the supreme value of art and the effect which it had on the artists themselves.
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