Details1999, ISBN 0 3-89129-398-4, € 123,00, iudicium Verlag, Munich, 1164 pp., hardcover [Order]
Kulturbeziehungen zwischen Japan und dem Westen seit 1853: Eine annotierte Bibliographie (Cultural Relations between Japan and the West since 1853: An Annotated Bibliography)
Increasing globalization, not only in economic or political terms but also in matters of culture, has generated a growing and, at the same time, qualitatively changing interest in the origins and structure of intercultural relations. Recent research, for example, demonstrates how traditional binary distinctions between separate homogenous cultures are being replaced by a much more interactionist and relational approach. Increasingly, the very idea of contact is being understood as a creative process of appropriation, transformation and negotiation.
This bibliography is intended as both a systematic overview of available material and a source for people interested in cultural exchanges between Japan and the West since 1853. The notion of “cultural relations” within this framework includes various reciprocal influences and interpretive processes between Japan and the West: literature, the fine arts, architecture, photography, film, theatre, dance, music, philosophy and the history of thought, religion, everyday culture, language, and the history of scholarship and cultural research on Japan. Included are works on individuals functioning as cultural intermediaries within each of these areas as well as texts dealing with the West’s view of Japan and Japanese occidentalism. Works of non-fiction dealing with cultural contacts between Japan and the West are in German, English, and French. The bibliography is arranged in alphabetical order by author or editor and fully indexed (by author, editor, translator, title, key words, subject etc.).