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Asian Romanticism: Construction of the Comparable

  • Steve Clark
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Part of the Asia-Pacific and Literature in English book series (APLE)

Abstract

The Afterword assesses whether British Romanticism should now be regarded as necessarily complicit in the imperial project, and as such a legacy to be repudiated. While study of the English literary canon was undeniably implicated in colonial rule, this inheritance retains a forward-directed and emancipatory potential. In an Asian context, there is no equivalent to the developmental sequence of Romanticism as followed by Victorian, Modernist and Post-Modern periods, or to the hermeneutics of suspicion directed against its supposed ideological bias, evident in Deconstruction, New Historicism and Post-Colonialism in the Western academy. Drawing on the theories of Paul Ricœur, this chapter argues that the process of translation inevitably involves diminution and loss, perhaps nostalgia and servility, but it may also be regarded as allowing an openness to alterity as a salutary end in itself.

Keywords

Romanticism in Asia Pedagogy Paul Ricœur English literature Literary canon Imperialism Translation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steve Clark
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  1. 1.University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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