A Cultural History of Translation in Early Modern Japan by Rebekah Clements

By Rebekah Clements

the interpretation of texts has performed a formative function in Japan's heritage of cultural alternate in addition to the advance of literature, and indigenous felony and non secular platforms. this can be the 1st publication of its sort, although, to provide a accomplished survey of the function of translation in Japan in the course of the Tokugawa interval, 1600–1868. by means of analyzing quite a lot of translations into jap from chinese language, Dutch and different eu texts, in addition to the interpretation of classical jap into the vernacular, Rebekah Clements unearths the circles of highbrow and political alternate that existed in early smooth Japan, arguing that, opposite to renowned trust, Japan's 'translation' tradition didn't commence within the Meiji interval. analyzing the 'crisis translation' of army texts according to foreign threats to safety within the 19th century, Clements additionally deals clean insights into the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868.

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