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Translation's Forgotten History : Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern

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Cho presents a broad East Asian perspective from which to perceive the formation of modern literature. East Asian intellectuals, whether writing in a colony (Korea), a semi-colony (China) or an imperialist state (Japan), struggled to present a new vision to their societies, she says. She seeks to restore translation as a critical medium generating new value and change in society and as a methodology that promotes better understanding of literature as a process with inherent intercultural aspects. She aims to go beyond the paradigm of national literature yet still find a place for agency and important local meaning through a focus on the constructive process that translation entails. Korea’s engagement with Russian literature in the early twentieth century was one part of an East Asian intellectual community that utilized Russian literature to develop a new literature. The view from East Asia at its interaction with Russian literature reveals common cultural denominators in China, Japan, and Korea that do not necessarily surface when East Asia modern literature is approached. While many intellectuals hardly knew enough Russian to read or translate Russian texts, it was the most frequently translated literature in East Asia for a certain period of time and arguably had the greatest intellectual impact of any western literature on Japan, China, and Korea in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In Japan many Russian texts were rendered from their English translations (themselves translated from French at first), while in China and Korea Japanese and English versions of Russian literature often became the source texts for translations. Distributed by Harvard U. Press. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 242
Genre: Literary Criticism, History
Sub-Genre: Europe / Russia + the Former Soviet Union, Asia / General
Series Title: Harvard East Asian Monographs
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
Author: Heekyoung Cho
Language: English
Street Date: March 28, 2016
TCIN: 50629289
UPC: 9780674660045
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-4238
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