Melville and Melville Studies in Japan

Melville and Melville Studies in Japan

Melville and Melville Studies in Japan

Melville and Melville Studies in Japan

Synopsis

Prior to World War II, the Japanese read such American writers as Washington Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne. Today young Japanese scholars turn their attention more and more to Herman Melville. This book is the first English-language volume of Japanese scholarship on Melville and includes chapters written by the leading scholars in Japan. It opens with chapters on Melville's reception in Japan and the literary interaction between Hawthorne and Melville. Two chapters are devoted to Moby-Dick and one to Melville's transcendentalism. Additional chapters cover Israel Porter, The Confidence Man, Clarel, Melville's later poetry, and Billy Budd. The volume concludes with a bibliographical essay on Japanese scholarship.
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