Adaptations of Western Literature in Meiji Japan

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  • J. Scott Miller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. J. Scott Miller
    Pages 1-7
  3. J. Scott Miller
    Pages 141-144
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 145-180

About this book


This book examines three examples of late nineteenth-century Japanese adaptations of Western literature: a biography of U.S. Grant recasting him as a Japanese warrior, a Victorian novel reset as oral performance, and an American melodrama redone as a serialized novel promoting the reform of Japanese theater. Written from a comparative perspective, it argues that adaptation (hon'an) was a valid form of contemporary Japanese translation that fostered creative appropriation across many genres and among a diverse group of writers and artists. In addition, it invites readers to reconsider adaptation in the context of translation theory.


America Japan novel translation Victorian era

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