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On the Bullet Train with Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights in Japan

Author:
Pascoe, Judith

ISBN:
978 0 472 13060 3
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
184
List price(s):
65.00 USD
54.95 GBP
62.00 EUR

Publication date:
30 November 2017

Short description: 

During two research trips to Japan, Judith Pascoe was fascinated to discover the popularity that Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights has enjoyed there. On the Bullet Train with Emily Bronte is Pascoe's account of her quest to discover the reasons for the continuous Japanese embrace of Wuthering Heights, including varied and surprising adaptations of the novel.

Full description: 

During two research trips to Japan, Judith Pascoe was fascinated to discover the popularity that Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights has enjoyed there. Nearly 100 years after its first formal introduction to the country, the novel continues to engage the imaginations of Japanese novelists, filmmakers, manga artists and others, resulting in numerous translations, adaptations, and dramatizations. On the Bullet Train with Emily Bronte is Pascoe's lively account of her quest to discover the reasons for the continuous Japanese embrace of Wuthering Heights, including quite varied and surprising adaptations of the novel. At the same time, the book chronicles Pascoe's experience as an adult student of Japanese. She contemplates the multiple Japanese translations of Bronte, as contrasted to the single (or non-existent) English translations of major Japanese writers. Carrying out a close reading of a distant country's Wuthering Heights, Pascoe begins to see American literary culture as a small island on which readers are isolated from foreign literature. In this and in her previous book, The Sarah Siddons Audio Files, Pascoe's engaging narrative innovates a new scholarly form involving immersive research practice to attempt a cross-cultural version of reader-response criticism. On the Bullet Train with Emily Bronte will appeal to scholars in the fields of 19th-century British literature, adaptation studies, and Japanese literary history.

Biography: 

Judith Pascoe is Professor of English, University of Iowa. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, which supported work on this book.

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