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The Chinese image by the Japanese author post the Sino-Japanese war -Study of Natsume Soseki's travel notes-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2019, (82), pp.301-320
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..82.201908.301
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : June 18, 2019
  • Accepted : August 5, 2019
  • Published : August 31, 2019

Xu, Jing 1 Lee, Jin-Ho 1

1원광대학교

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ABSTRACT

Many Japanese were dispatched to China as overseas observers after the Sino-Japanese war, and they wrote a large amount of travel notes. This research considered the Chinese image from travel notes titled “Mankan tokorodokoro,” which Natsume Soseki wrote. Consequently, there are “double Chinese images” in the travel notes, such as the “virtual image in Chinese classical books” and “the reality of real China.” In this research on such “double Chinese images,” I deciphered, introduced, and considered Edward W Said’s “Orientalism,” and it became clear that “Orientalism” gets blurred in an affirmative classical virtual image and in a negative real image. However it is said that the “double Chinese images” are only the “Japanese Orientalism”. After all, Japanese authors like Soseki did not go beyond “Orientalism” at that time, but reinforced Western orientalism, such as the Chinese image.

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