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June 9, 2024

Nicole M. Mueller to give presentation on Thomas Mann reception in Japan

No less than 15 retranslations of Thomas Mann’s Tonio Kröger were published in Japan between 1927 and 2018. How do they differ and what do the differences tell us about changes in Japanese society and culture? In her presentation “Japanese Thomas Mann Reception between Cultural Heteronomy and Emancipation – 100 Years of Japanese Tonio Kröger Retranslation in the Mirror of Digital Topic Modelling” (in German) at the spring meeting of the Japanese Society for German Studies on June 9, Nicole M. Mueller will focus on the relationships of similarity and influence between the different texts. Using a specially developed digital analysis tool based on topic modelling, she shows that the different translation variants are located in specific historical contexts, which also reflect inter- and intra-cultural relationships of influence and power. The lecture will present first insights into Nicole’s forthcoming book on the same topic.