Adaptations of Western Literature in Meiji Japan by J. Miller

By J. Miller

This ebook examines 3 examples of overdue 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 point of view, it argues that model (hon'an) used to be a legitimate kind of modern jap translation that fostered inventive appropriation throughout many genres and between a various staff of writers and artists. additionally, it invitations readers to think again version within the context of translation idea.

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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. Again, a paraphrase of Robun’s text: Johnson, the Vice President, took over, and Grant, appointed the first supreme commander of the United States military forces since Washington, fought diligently to reunite a divided nation.

26 Yet the man’s face is complex, individual; it is much more detailed than the stereotyped, simplified “oriental” faces that one finds elsewhere, particularly in group scenes. Young’s text caters to the American curiosity about mundane Japanese life by providing both familiar and exoticized elements, yet in many of the illustrations the figures retain (or perhaps gain) an individuality that suggests his readers wanted to see something more than overt contrast. Young’s images often eschew the binary (us-them) gaze of the colonizer, and even seem at times to elevate the poorest classes.

From age four Grant entered the local school, but because funds were scarce he withdrew until age eleven, when he went for a few months and then was forced to quit to help his father again. At age seventeen Grant confronted his father, saying that he planned to be on his own in four years. Grant’s father asked what he would do instead of tanning, and Grant replied that he wished to serve his country on the battlefield, like his ancestors. At twenty, through the intervention of a local attorney, Grant entered West Point, the Army Military Academy, graduating in four years.

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