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Self Through the Other

Production, Circulation and Reception in Italy of Sixteenth-Century Printed Sources on Japan

Sonia Favi    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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The book focuses on the editorial fortune of and on the imaginary built by sixteenth-century European lay and missionary sources on Japan. The author examines the cultural and economic processes that led to the circulation, or, in some cases, the lack of circulation of the sources. By exploring the interplay, in their contents, between ‘factuality’ and ‘myth’, between ‘classical imagery’ and ‘current observation’, she investigates the way their depiction of ‘Japan’ reflects ‘European’ self-images and desires. Finally, using the Italian editorial world – dominating the European book market at that time – as a case study, the author analyses the published sources from the perspective of historical bibliography, evaluating their impact on the readership.

Pubblicato
20 Settembre 2018
Lingua
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-237-6
Copyright: © 2018 Sonia Favi. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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Introduction
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Towards the Shaping of a Conceptual Map of ‘Japan’
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Appendix
Sixteenth-Century Vernacular Italian Letter-Books about Japan: a Bibliography
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