Adaptations of Western Literature in Meiji Japan by J. Miller PDF

By J. Miller

ISBN-10: 0230107559

ISBN-13: 9780230107557

ISBN-10: 134938707X

ISBN-13: 9781349387076

This e-book examines 3 examples of past due nineteenth-century eastern diversifications of Western literature: a biography of U.S. supply recasting him as a jap warrior, a Victorian novel reset as oral functionality, and an American melodrama redone as a serialized novel selling the reform of jap theater. Written from a comparative viewpoint, it argues that version (hon'an) used to be a legitimate type of modern jap translation that fostered artistic appropriation throughout many genres and between a various team of writers and artists. moreover, it invitations readers to re-evaluate edition within the context of translation concept.

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Lessing As the above table shows, the number of hon’anmono created in Meiji Japan is not insignificant, and each text represents an author struggling to bring the West to Japan not as a literal translation but rather using the mutable lens of adaptation. As such, hon’anmono represent a significant and rich resource for examining Japanese perceptions of the West in both general and specific terms, and are of great value in comparative literary and cultural studies. Each work represents an opportunity to observe concrete images of the Other that carry with them particular literary-historical reference points (dates, authors, publishers) as well as source materials with which they can be compared to ascertain specific transformations.

In the case of printed sources, then, the physical strangeness of the imported text demanded localized adaptation, and Meiji writers went to varying lengths in their efforts to tone down the otherness of the originals. 28 Some of the early Meiji Toward a Theory of Adaptation: Hon’an in Meiji Japan S 21 intelligentsia saw in the biographies of the great leaders of the West the key to Japan’s modernization. Like contemporary Horatio Alger stories, which reaffirmed the archetype of the rags-to-riches hero, biography offered models of behavior and provided hope that through personal effort one could change the course of one’s own and others’ lives.

The present king loves Western fashions and can speak and read English. Even the general populace demonstrates Western manners, and by means of steamships seek not only European but other Western trade; the people are approaching true civilization. Robun’s narrative then switches back to Grant and his entourage. They departed England and France and made a pilgrimage to India, Siam, Burma, and Annam.

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