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On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights in Japan
Judith Pascoe


While teaching in Japan, Judith Pascoe was fascinated to discover the popularity that Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights has enjoyed there. Nearly 100 years after its first formal introduction to the country, the novel continues to engage the imaginations of Japanese novelists, filmmakers, manga artists and others, resulting in numerous translations, adaptations, and dramatizations. On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë is Pascoe’s lively account of her quest to discover the reasons for the continuous Japanese embrace of Wuthering Heights, including quite varied and surprising adaptations of the novel. At the same time, the book chronicles Pascoe’s experience as an adult student of Japanese. She contemplates the multiple Japanese translations of Brontë, as contrasted to the single (or non-existent) English translations of major Japanese writers. Carrying out a close reading of a distant country’s Wuthering Heights, Pascoe begins to see American literary culture as a small island on which readers are isolated from foreign literature.
In this and in her previous book, The Sarah Siddons Audio Files, Pascoe’s engaging narrative innovates a new scholarly form involving immersive research practice to attempt a cross-cultural version of reader-response criticism. On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë will appeal to scholars in the fields of 19th-century British literature, adaptation studies, and Japanese literary history.
“A beautifully written, innovative book that brings together personal memoir and an ethnographic scholarly study of translation and transnational flows of culture focused around the reception of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. The author’s experience of Japan and the complex intersections of Wuthering Heights with Japanese culture are artfully layered and integrated.”
– Adela Pinch, University of Michigan

Judith Pascoe is Professor of English, University of Iowa. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, which supported work on this book.


Product Details

  • 184 pages.
  • 12 illustrations.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Ebook
  • 2017
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-12335-3

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