Adaptations of Western Literature in Meiji Japan by J. Miller

By J. Miller

This publication examines 3 examples of past due nineteenth-century jap diversifications of Western literature: a biography of U.S. provide 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 standpoint, it argues that version (hon'an) used to be a sound type of modern jap translation that fostered inventive appropriation throughout many genres and between a various crew of writers and artists. moreover, it invitations readers to think again variation within the context of translation idea.

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Most of these engravings depict the General as a military athlete doing marvelous things with his sword. This, however, is how history becomes mythology; and in looking over these rude designs you see the operation of the doctrine of evolution, how fact is gradually blended into romance and poetry . . 39 Robun began issuing his three-volume “biography” of Grant while Grant was still in Japan, and there are several interesting aspects of this work that make it stand out among the other Grant commemorabilia: It was a serialized work of some length (three volumes in nine fascicles); it went into much greater detail than any Japanese Grant biography published before; and it took pains to adapt Grant’s life to the conventions of Japanese heroic illustrated tales (“a military athlete doing marvelous things with his sword”).

Party broken up early and there was but little speaking, the abomination of such gatherings. ” (Vol. I: 15 February entry) Likewise, after visiting Macao and seeing its relative squalor under the hands of the Portuguese, he ends his appraisal as follows: “Now it is in a languishing condition and derives a large part, possibly the largest part of its income from . . gambling. It is to be hoped that the Chinese will retake this port” (Vol. II: 9 May entry). Grant in Japan One of the attitudes that characterizes the Japan section of Grant’s diary is surprise.

And are willing to take labor where they can get it . . which makes the Chinaman an objectional [sic] class in both Australia and the United States. (Vol. II: 1 April entry) Later on, in Saigon, his attitude is somewhat less favorable: The people of Saigon, the natives, seem to be prosperous and happy. They would not probably change their conditions if they could. But here, like every place in the east, the Chinese are the leading people. They monopolize all the small trade, steal all the mechanical work, and the house servants and market gardeners.

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