© 1999

Western Writers in Japan


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Pre-Blunden Period

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sumie Okada
      Pages 3-4
    3. Sumie Okada
      Pages 5-14
  3. Between the Wars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Sumie Okada
      Pages 23-42
  4. Post-Second World War

  5. Themes and Variations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Sumie Okada
      Pages 109-119
    3. Sumie Okada
      Pages 120-144
  6. Interviews and Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Sumie Okada
      Pages 151-155

About this book


This book relates the experiences of a range of Western writers who went to Japan as teachers and lecturers, covering a period of over 100 years. It discusses East-West cultural differences; Western 'individualism' encountering Japanese 'formal' society; and draws on the author's interviews with many of the writers featured. It includes some hitherto unpublished correspondence, as well as comments on their published works. The author hopes her book will encourage a deeper understanding between East and West.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Immaculate Heart UniversityKagoshimaJapan

About the authors

SUMIE OKADA is the author of Edmund Blunden and Japan, published by Macmillan in 1988, the Japanese version of which appeared in 1995. These books were widely and well reviewed in both England and Japan. She has taught at several universities in Japan, and lectured on Japanese culture in Cambridge, UK. Having studied at Oxford University as a Recognised Student under Professor John Bayley, and also under the late Professor Richard Ellmann, she received an M Litt degree from Cambridge University in 1985. She was also an Arthur Prowse Research Fellow at Durham University in 1991, and now teaches English literature and comparative culture at Immaculate Heart University in Kagoshima, Japan, while doing research based in Cambridge during vacations.

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