Adaptations of Western Literature in Meiji Japan by J. Miller

By J. Miller

This booklet examines 3 examples of past due nineteenth-century eastern diversifications of Western literature: a biography of U.S. provide recasting him as a eastern 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 standpoint, it argues that edition (hon'an) used to be a legitimate kind of modern eastern translation that fostered artistic appropriation throughout many genres and between a various crew of writers and artists. furthermore, it invitations readers to re-evaluate edition within the context of translation thought.

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The second category, scenery, reflects the American preoccupation with space and wilderness. One-third of the illustrations are primarily landscape or urban scenery, and in addition to mirroring contemporary artistic conventions the illustrations also focus on the exotic aspects of Japanese landscapes: architectural elements, gardens, nature. Nearly all the landscape illustrations contain human elements as well (pathways, bystanders, bridges, boats), reflecting a readerly expectation for the ubiquitous presence of man in Asia as well as lending some human element to abstract scenery.

Sometimes these pictures are in a heroic stage of color, and although I am not familiar with the Japanese text, I am sure, from looking over the illustrations in the pictorial lives of the General, that he has achieved tremendous feats in war. 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 .

Grant as Japanese Warrior S 49 The narrative, on the other hand, begins with an extract from Robun’s earlier work, Sekai miyakoji (Great Cities of the World, 1872), a school primer on geography. 52 In “ancient times” there were only three known continents: Asia, Africa and Europe. Then the German astronomer Yobernicus53 sent out ships that saw a new land from afar, which Columbyus confirmed. This new land, divided into north and south, was explored by Admiral Amerikyus, who put forth great effort in opening the land for development, hence the name America.

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