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Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature (review)

Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese... Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature. By Karen Laura Thornber. Harvard University Asia Center, Cambridge, Mass., 2009. xiii, 591 pages. $59.95. Reviewed by Richard F. Calichman City College of New York One cannot but feel a certain hesitation in reviewing a book that has already received such widespread recognition for its importance in the field. This book has, according to the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies website: won two major international awards: the 2011 John Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, for the best book on either contemporary or historical topics in any field of the Japanese humanities or social sciences; and the International Comparative Literature Association's 2010 Anna Balakian Prize, for the best book in the world in the field of Comparative Literature published in the last three years by a scholar under age 40.1 These are high honors indeed, and any reviewer who does not quite share in this acclaim runs the risk of being accused of iconoclasm, of deliberately calling into question the criteria of value as established by the disciplines of Asian studies and comparative literature. In order to avoid this charge, it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Japanese Studies Society for Japanese Studies

Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature (review)

The Journal of Japanese Studies , Volume 38 (1) – Feb 1, 2012

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Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature. By Karen Laura Thornber. Harvard University Asia Center, Cambridge, Mass., 2009. xiii, 591 pages. $59.95. Reviewed by Richard F. Calichman City College of New York One cannot but feel a certain hesitation in reviewing a book that has already received such widespread recognition for its importance in the field. This book has, according to the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies website: won two major international awards: the 2011 John Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, for the best book on either contemporary or historical topics in any field of the Japanese humanities or social sciences; and the International Comparative Literature Association's 2010 Anna Balakian Prize, for the best book in the world in the field of Comparative Literature published in the last three years by a scholar under age 40.1 These are high honors indeed, and any reviewer who does not quite share in this acclaim runs the risk of being accused of iconoclasm, of deliberately calling into question the criteria of value as established by the disciplines of Asian studies and comparative literature. In order to avoid this charge, it

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