A Cultural History of Translation in Early Modern Japan by Rebekah Clements

By Rebekah Clements

The interpretation of texts has performed a formative function in Japan's heritage of cultural alternate in addition to the improvement of literature, and indigenous criminal and non secular platforms. this is often the 1st publication of its style, even though, to supply a entire survey of the position of translation in Japan throughout the Tokugawa interval, 1600 1868. via interpreting quite a lot of texts that have been translated into eastern from chinese language retailers, Jesuit missionaries and Dutch investors, in addition to the interpretation of classical jap into the vernacular, Rebekah Clements unearths the circles of highbrow and political trade that happened in pre-modern Japan and that opposite to well known trust, Japan's 'translation' tradition didn't start in Meiji. via interpreting the 'crisis translation' of army texts in keeping with overseas threats to safety within the 19th century, the ebook additionally deals clean insights into the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868."

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Imano yo no zokugo’ 当世の俗語 (Inoura 1972, p. 207). ‘Ima no yo no. iro o fukumeru kotoba’ 今の世の. 色を含める言葉 (Inoura 1972, p. 204). ‘Inishie no chinpunkan’ いにしへのちんぷんかん and ‘to¯ sei no heichoku kotoba’ 当世の平直 詞. The advertisement may be found at the end of A Genroku Tale of the Soga (Genroku Soga monogatari, 1702). A transcription of the advertisement is available in Kawamoto 2007, p. 127. ‘Mimichikaki zokugo’ 耳ちかき俗語 (Taga 1915, p. 3). For a discussion, see Somerset and Watson 2003, pp. ix–x. 36 Language and society in Tokugawa Japan as low or vulgar by comparison.

9–24. 28 Language and society in Tokugawa Japan Although dictionaries and glossaries – mainly of Chinese-character compounds – had circulated prior to the late sixteenth century, their number and availability increased from the seventeenth century onwards. The mixing of different languages was seen in scholarship as well: scholars during the period were often active in a number of fields which traversed several linguistic boundaries. ‘Dutch studies scholars’ usually trained first in Chinese medicine, or, as educated men of samurai background, were schooled in classical Chinese.

Makurakotoba, literally ‘pillow words’, is a technical term in waka poetic theory. ‘Imano yo no zokugo’ 当世の俗語 (Inoura 1972, p. 207). ‘Ima no yo no. iro o fukumeru kotoba’ 今の世の. 色を含める言葉 (Inoura 1972, p. 204). ‘Inishie no chinpunkan’ いにしへのちんぷんかん and ‘to¯ sei no heichoku kotoba’ 当世の平直 詞. The advertisement may be found at the end of A Genroku Tale of the Soga (Genroku Soga monogatari, 1702). A transcription of the advertisement is available in Kawamoto 2007, p. 127. ‘Mimichikaki zokugo’ 耳ちかき俗語 (Taga 1915, p.

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