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British Romanticism in Asia

The Reception, Translation, and Transformation of Romantic Literature in India and East Asia

  • Alex Watson
  • Laurence Williams

Benefits

  • Explores the reception of British Romanticism in India and East Asia

  • Challenges Eurocentric assumptions about literary reception and periodis

  • Offers a new cultural model of scholarship in which “Asian Romanticism” represents an important part of the Romantic literary tradition

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Part of the Asia-Pacific and Literature in English book series (APLE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Romanticism in Asia: Cross-Cultural Networks

  3. Colonialism and Resistance

  4. Nature, Aesthetics, and Translation

  5. Bodies and the Cosmos

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the reception of British Romanticism in India and East Asia (including Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan). Building on recent scholarship on 'Global Romanticism', this book develops a model for a more reciprocal and cross-cultural model of scholarship, in which 'Asian Romanticism' is recognised as an important part of the Romantic literary tradition.  It explores the connections between canonical British Romantic authors (including Austen, Blake, Byron, Shelley, and Wordsworth) and prominent Asian writers (including Nehru, Ōe, Sōseki, Tagore and Zhimo). In addition, this study challenges Eurocentric assumptions about literary reception and periodisation, focusing on how, from the early nineteenth century, British Romanticism was creatively adapted and transformed by writers in a number of Asian nations.

Keywords

Modernity, Tradition, and Transformation in Romantic Literature British Literature in Asia Western Romantic Ideas of Individuality, Affect, Modernity British Colonialism and Literature in Asia Asian Romanticism and the Romantic Literary Tradition Eurocentrism and Literary Reception

Editors and affiliations

  • Alex Watson
    • 1
  • Laurence Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Sophia UniversityTokyoJapan

About the editors

Alex Watson is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Critical Theory at Nagoya University, Japan, and the author of Romantic Marginality: Nation and Empire on the Borders of the Page (2012). 

Laurence Williams is Associate Professor of English at Sophia University, Japan. He holds a DPhil from Oxford and has previously held Canadian Commonwealth and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science research fellowships.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title British Romanticism in Asia
  • Book Subtitle The Reception, Translation, and Transformation of Romantic Literature in India and East Asia
  • Editors Alex Watson
    Laurence Williams
  • Series Title Asia-Pacific and Literature in English
  • Series Abbreviated Title Asia-Pacific and Literature in Engl.
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3001-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-3000-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-3001-8
  • Series ISSN 2524-7638
  • Series E-ISSN 2524-7646
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 414
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Comparative Literature
    Asian Literature
    Asian Culture
    British and Irish Literature
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Reviews

“For Romanticists working in Asia, or dealing with the international impact of Romanticism, it will be essential reading.” (David Chandler, Essays in English Romanticism, Vol. 44, 2020)