Adaptations of Western Literature in Meiji Japan by J. Miller

By J. Miller

This e-book examines 3 examples of overdue 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 eastern theater. Written from a comparative point of view, it argues that edition (hon'an) was once a legitimate type of modern eastern translation that fostered artistic appropriation throughout many genres and between a various team of writers and artists. additionally, it invitations readers to think again variation within the context of translation concept.

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30 As in the illustration, Yokohama becomes a paradigm of the West in Asia. However, in Young’s text the ordered streets and glorious rays of sunshine are replaced by another metaphor, that of the frontier town, as he likens Yokohama to Western railroad camps. Young’s conflation of newly 38 S Adaptations of Western Literature in Meiji Japan opened Japan with the recently pioneered American West is particularly perceptive; both were generally viewed by Americans as resources to be exploited, and Grant had been involved in both campaigns (first in the Mexican-American War, then as president in his reception of Iwakura).

Grant as Japanese Warrior S 51 battles, is elevated to supreme commander in 1864. Resolved to win the war, he goes out in full force against Confederate supreme commander Lee. Robun describes some of the battles and strategies, then the final negotiations between Lee and Grant as Union forces invade North Carolina. Lee surrenders at Appomattox, and the war is over. Robun describes Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, incorrectly stating that villains stabbed him to death while he was attending the theater.

On several occasions during the trip Grant comments on a scene and then offers some of his own insights, at times philosophical and at others clearly reiterating common attitudes. For example, in the Gulf of Aden, Grant wrote about boys swimming out to the steamer to dive for coins: “The natives are of a low-order of savages; hair dirty—or colored from some process—red, curled with small cord and screw tufts. It is fortunate that enlightened nations take possession of such people and make them, and their soil, produce something for the advancement of civilization of the human race” (Vol.

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