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Author Genova, Pamela Antonia, 1961- author.

Title Writing Japonisme : aesthetic translation in nineteenth-century French prose / Pamela A. Genova
Published Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2016
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Contents Preface -- Introduction. Japonisme and the ambivalence of theory -- Prelude. Aesthetic translation : modalities of interdisciplinary and intercultural correspondence -- 1. Edmond de Goncourt : portraits of artists -- 2. Joris-Karl Huysmans : prose painting and the decadent novel -- 3. Ⅽile Zola : writing of and writing with art -- 4. St⥰hane Mallarm⥠: staging Japonisme -- Coda. Japonisme : "a never-ending story"?
Summary In her book, Pamela Genova suggests that as critics move in general from a literal to a more metaphoric understanding and presentation of Japonisme, the mutability of the phenomenon is highlighted in a rich and illuminating manner. By exploring the conditions of the creation of these works, accenting the original aims of the artists, the manipulations carried out by art dealers, gallery owners, and boutique managers, as well as the gestures of explanation, interpretation, and judgment offered by the professional and amateur critics, Japonisme takes on an even more versatile nature. Further, a complex web of correspondence germinates among these artists--both French and Japanese--and their many critics. It is in this light that the truly rich character of Japonisme comes forth, since the undesirability, even the impossibility of the attempt to reduce it to a single genre, style, era, or cultural cadre attests to its elusiveness and its Protean nature. Japonisme does not correspond to a single dictionary definition, no matter how subtle or self-aware that definition might be. By situating the dynamics of Japonisme as a response on the part of French culture to the culture of Japan, we gain a keener sense of the multiplicity of modern French sensibility itself, of how the awareness of a nation's language, history, and art forms can be creatively reflected in the images of a culture seemingly radically different from its own
Subject Goncourt, Edmond de, 1822-1896 -- Criticism and interpretation
Huysmans, J.-K. (Joris-Karl), 1848-1907 -- Criticism and interpretation
Mallarm⥬ St⥰hane, 1842-1898 -- Criticism and interpretation
Zola, Ⅽile, 1840-1902 -- Criticism and interpretation
Goncourt, Edmond de 1822-1896
Goncourt, Edmond de, 1822-1896.
Huysmans, J.-K. (Joris-Karl), 1848-1907.
Huysmans, Joris-Karl 1848-1907
Mallarmé, Stéphane 1842-1898
Zola, Émile 1840-1902
Art and literature -- France -- History -- 19th century.
French fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- 19th century -- Japanese influences
Art and literature.
French Literature.
French fiction.
Languages & Literatures.
Romance Literatures.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0810132206