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A Reader in Edo Period Travel

Herbert Plutschow

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ISBN 10: 1901903230 / ISBN 13: 9781901903232
Verlag: Global Oriental, 2006
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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Considered by some to encompass the author's most significant research to data, this in-depth gateway study of Edo travel literature examines fifteen of the period's most notable travellers, some of whom are known as intellectuals, artists, and poets, or as folklorists and natural scientists, but rarely, if at all, as travellers. The author's research, which has considerable interdisciplinary appeal, takes us from civil servant and botanist Kaibara Ekiken (1630-1714) to former priest, intellectual, and government official Matsumura Takeshiro (1818-1888). Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_1901903230

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Largely ignored hitherto by Western scholars, "Plutschow's Edo Period Travel" provides the first in-depth study of the subject which is centred on fifteen of the period's most notable travellers, some of whom are well known in other fields as intellectuals, artists, poets, folklorists and natural scientists , for example but rarely, if at all, as travellers. The first traveller put in the spotlight is the celebrated intellectual and botanist Kaibara Ekiken (1630-1714) and the last is the explorer of Ezo (now Hokkaido) and government official Matsuura Takeshiro (1818-88). Such was the thirst for knowledge in the Edo period that some travel accounts (estimated to number over 2000) became best-sellers in their day, not least for their voyeuristic appeal, including those of Kaibara Ekiken and Tachibana Nankei, which are included in this volume. This important research on how the Japanese discovered their own country and cultural identity has considerable interdisciplinary appeal. Of particular interest also is the author's discussion on the nature of this new travel writing and the self-centred observation and seeing' that developed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, he calls the Japanese Enlightenment'.

Über den Autor: Herbert Plutschow was born in Switzerland and educated in Switzerland, England, Spain, Japan and the USA. He received his PhD in Japanese studies from Columbia University, New York, in 1973. He subsequently taught Japanese cultural history at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), retiring in 2005. He has taught as visiting faculty at the Universitaet Zuerich, International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Leningrad State University, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Ecole des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris), Kyoto University and at Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo. At present, he is Director of the Institute of Comparative Culture, Josei International University, Japan. Most recently, he has published A Reader in Edo Period Travel (Global Oriental, 2006).

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Titel: A Reader in Edo Period Travel

Verlag: Global Oriental

Erscheinungsdatum: 2006

Einband: Hardcover

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