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Melville and Melville Studies in Japan Kenzaburo Ohashi

Melville and Melville Studies in Japan

Kenzaburo Ohashi

Published July 30th 1993
ISBN : 9780313286223
Hardcover
272 pages
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 About the Book 

Japans introduction to Western literature came though American literature, as things European were imported to Japan via the United States. Prior to World War II, the Japanese read such writers as Washington Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne, partly toMoreJapans introduction to Western literature came though American literature, as things European were imported to Japan via the United States. Prior to World War II, the Japanese read such writers as Washington Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne, partly to practice their English. Today these writers are less popular in Japan, but younger Japanese scholars are turning more and more attention to Herman Melville. This book is the first English-language volume of Japanese scholarship on Melville. With chapters contributed by the leading scholars in Japan, it presents a variety of attitudes from the traditional to the new.Following the introduction, the volume opens with a chapter by Kenzaburo Ohashi on Melvilles reception in Japan. The next chapter discusses the literary interaction between Hawthorne and Melville after Moby-Dick, and is followed by two chapters on Moby-Dick. Chapter 5 discusses Melvilles transcendentalism. Additional chapters cover Israel Porter The Confidence Man,Clarel,Melvilles later poetry, and Billy Budd. The work concludes with a bibliographical essay on Japanese scholarship and includes a full subject index.