Writing Japonisme: Aesthetic Translation in Nineteenth-Century French Prose

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 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.

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Pamela A. Genova is David Ross Boyd Professor of French at the University of Oklahoma, USA.

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"In Writing Japonisme Pamela Genova provides stunning new insights about the nineteenth-century French reception of Japanese culture.  A model of interart poetics, the book engages with Japonisme not just as a visual trope, but as a creative and critical model that bridges the visual and the discursive through the concept of 'aesthetic translation.' This erudite and engaging book belongs on the shelf of all those interested in Japonisme, nineteenth-century French studies, and transmedial experimentation."—Elizabeth Emery, Montclair State University

"Genova’s study is a thorough and erudite account of Franco-Japanese intercultural and intermedial interactions during the heyday of Japonisme, and shows convincingly how Japonisme continues to shape those same interactions today; it should be read by all those interested in Franco-Japanese relations, nineteenth-century French literature, and the beguiling products of intermedial experimentation." —Japanese Studies

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