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Searching for Japan: 20th Century Italy's Fascination with Japanese Culture

Michele Monserrati


This book pursues the specific case of Italian travel narratives in the Far East, through a focus on the experience of Japan in works by writers who visited the Land of the Rising Sun beginning in the Meiji period (1868-1912) and during the concomitant opening of Japan’s relations with the West. Drawing from the fields of Postcolonial and Transnational Studies, analysis of these texts explores one central question: what does it mean to imagine Japanese culture as contributing to Italian culture? Each author shares in common an attempt to disrupt ideas about dichotomies and unbalanced power rel ... More

Keywords: Transnational cultures, Postcolonial studies, Cosmopolitanism and Travel, Alternatives to Orientalism, National identity and transnational networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789621075
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Monserrati, author