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The Resource Purloined letters : cultural borrowing and Japanese crime literature, 1868-1937, Mark Silver

Purloined letters : cultural borrowing and Japanese crime literature, 1868-1937, Mark Silver

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Purloined letters : cultural borrowing and Japanese crime literature, 1868-1937
Title
Purloined letters
Title remainder
cultural borrowing and Japanese crime literature, 1868-1937
Statement of responsibility
Mark Silver
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This engaging study of the detective story's arrival in Japan--and of the broader cross-cultural borrowing that accompanied it--argues for a reassessment of existing models of literary influence between "unequal" cultures. Because the detective story had no pre-existing native equivalent in Japan, the genre's formulaic structure acted as a distinctive cultural marker, making plain the process of its incorporation into late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japanese letters. Mark Silver tells the story of Japan's adoption of this new Western literary form at a time when the nation was also remaking itself in the image of the Western powers. His account calls into question conventional notions of cultural domination and resistance, demonstrating the variety of possible modes for cultural borrowing, the surprising vagaries of intercultural transfer, and the power of the local contexts in which "imitation" occurs. Purloined Letters considers a fascinating range of primary texts populated by wise judges, faceless corpses, wily confidence women, desperate blackmailers, a fetishist who secrets himself for days inside a leather armchair, and a host of other memorable figures. The work begins by analyzing Tokugawa courtroom narratives and early Meiji biographies of female criminals (dokufu-mono, or "poison-woman stories"), which dominated popular crime writing in Japan before the detective story's arrival. It then traces the mid-Meiji absorption of French, British, and American detective novels into Japanese literary culture through the quirky translations of muckraking journalist Kuroiwa Ruiko. Subsequent chapters take up a series of detective stories nostalgically set in the old city of Edo by Okamoto Kido (a Kabuki playwright inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes) and the erotic, grotesque, and macabre works of Edogawa Ranpo, whose pen-name punned on "Edgar Allan Poe
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Silver, Mark
Dewey number
895.6/3087209
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PL726.55
LC item number
.S63 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Detective and mystery stories, Japanese
  • Japanese fiction
  • Japanese fiction
  • Japanese fiction
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Detective and mystery stories, Japanese
  • Japanese fiction
Label
Purloined letters : cultural borrowing and Japanese crime literature, 1868-1937, Mark Silver
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-207) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cultural borrowing and Japanese crime literature -- Affirmations of authority: premodern and early Meiji crime literature -- Borrowing the detective novel: Kuroiwa Ruikō and the uses of translation -- Arresting change: Okamoto Kidō's stories of nostalgic remembrance -- Anxieties of influence: Edogawa Ranpo's horrifying hybrids -- Coda: Cultural borrowing reconsidered
Control code
257557879
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 217 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864057
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62tkj1
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)257557879
Label
Purloined letters : cultural borrowing and Japanese crime literature, 1868-1937, Mark Silver
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-207) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cultural borrowing and Japanese crime literature -- Affirmations of authority: premodern and early Meiji crime literature -- Borrowing the detective novel: Kuroiwa Ruikō and the uses of translation -- Arresting change: Okamoto Kidō's stories of nostalgic remembrance -- Anxieties of influence: Edogawa Ranpo's horrifying hybrids -- Coda: Cultural borrowing reconsidered
Control code
257557879
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 217 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864057
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62tkj1
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)257557879

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