Faculty Book Talk - Dr. Mark MacWilliams | St. Lawrence University Academic Affairs

Faculty Book Talk - Dr. Mark MacWilliams

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Dean Eaton Hall

Defining Shinto

This book provides key official documents alongside political, religious-philosophical, and historical essays, illustrating how the term “Shinto” has metamorphosed terminologically from Japan’s emergence as a modern nation state in the late 19th century to the postmodern Japan of today. “Shinto” is one of the most contested categories in the field of Japanese religious studies. While the term “Shinto” has a long history in the pre-modern period, this volume focuses on how the term has evolved in modern Japan. Divided into five parts, the book covers: Shinto and the modern Japanese nation state, pre-war Japanese intellectuals on Shinto, Shinto and ultra-nationalism of the 1930s and 1940s, post-war reforms and reformulations, and contemporary ways of defining Shinto. The book presents a wealth of documents, most of which have been translated here for the first time. Join us to find out more!