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 …