THE LOCAL AND THE UNIVERSAL: REREADING KENJI MIYAZAWA’S “NIGHT ON THE MILKY WAY RAILROAD”

Posted On Oct 18 2011 by

The book analysed in the present paper is a popular work belonging to one of Japan’s highly appreciated authors, Kenji Miyazawa (1896 – 1933). The study addresses the question of translatability in a particular cultural environment. By introducing and analyzing the way that this notion may be applied to Miyazawa’s text, we intend to outline and explain the interaction between different cultural levels at the beginning of the twentieth century: the scientific one – as a part of the Western inheritance – and the Japanese one – as a representative for the East by that time. What we intend to …


WORDS DREAMING AT A SHAKESPEAREAN NIGHT

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Shakespeare’s comedies have, throughout centuries, attracted criticism that ranged from slight contempt for their stylistic impurity to utter admiration for the complexity of their structures. This paper focusses on one of Shakespeare’s best loved early comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in order to study the poetic nature of the play by taking into account some of the rhetorical elements that contribute to the construction of its particular atmosphere. Metamorphosis is explored in the movements of the words up and down scales of meaning operating through inversions, subversions, conversions and reversions that both bewilder and enchant the reader.