By J. Miller
This booklet examines 3 examples of overdue nineteenth-century eastern diversifications of Western literature: a biography of U.S. furnish 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 viewpoint, it argues that version (hon'an) used to be a sound type of modern jap translation that fostered artistic appropriation throughout many genres and between a various workforce of writers and artists. furthermore, it invitations readers to re-evaluate edition within the context of translation concept.
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Woodblock prints, special reports, and pamphlets all appeared to supply a commercial demand fueled by the contemporary fascination with Grant’s visit. Literary adaptation can extend beyond the realm of the printed word, and Meiji period hon’anmono often included reports of contemporary events such as disasters, political intrigues, and scandals. Grant’s visit to Japan was seen as such an important event that at least two adaptations were devoted to the subject of his life: an illustrated biography and a kabuki play.
Young’s text, ﬁrst issued serially in the New York Herald from telegraphed reports, was ultimately published in a leather-bound, two-volume set that included copious etchings illustrating many aspects of Japanese life, as well as important events during Grant’s visit. ”24 These two etchings reﬂect the diversity of Young’s narrative gaze in their own differences: one posed, formal, momentous, the other mundane, playful (note the child peeking at the viewer), yet full of symbolic overtones (the stern-faced, uniformed overseer).
24 These two etchings reﬂect the diversity of Young’s narrative gaze in their own differences: one posed, formal, momentous, the other mundane, playful (note the child peeking at the viewer), yet full of symbolic overtones (the stern-faced, uniformed overseer). As these illustrations suggest, in combining the rich textures and complex, often contradictory attitudes towards Japan and Japanese people, Young’s narrative stands as an articulation, both verbal and visual, of ofﬁcial and subconscious contemporary American views of Japan.
Adaptations of Western Literature in Meiji Japan by J. Miller