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By the late Meiji period Japanese were venturing abroad in great numbers, and some of those who traveled kept diaries and wrote formal travelogues. These travelogues reflected a changing view of the West and changing artistic sensibilities in the long-standing Japanese literary tradition of travel writing (kikoobungaku). This book shows that overseas Meiji-period travel writers struck out to create a dynamic new type of travel literature, one that had a solid foundation in traditional Japanese kikobungaku yet also displayed influence from the West.
Musashino in Tuscany specifically examines the poetic imagery and allusion in these travelogues and reveals that when Japanese traveled to the West in the mid-nineteenth century, the images they wrote about tended to be associated not with places initially discovered by the Japanese traveler but with places that already existed in Western fame and lore. And unlike imagery from Japanese traveling in Japan, which was predominantly nature based, Japanese overseas travel imagery was often associated with the manmade world.

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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Preface
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Chapter One A Brief History of Japanese Travel and Travel Writing
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  1. Chapter Two New Lands: The Early Travelogues, 1860–80
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  1. Chapter Three Transitions: Mid-Meiji Travelogues, 1880–1900
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  1. Chapter Four Assimilation: Late Meiji Travelogues, 1900–1912
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Character List for Proper Nouns
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  1. Character List for Titles
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901975
Related ISBN
9781929280292
MARC Record
OCLC
1184510877
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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