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Classical World Literatures: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman Comparisons

Wiebke Denecke


This book compares the cultural dynamics of Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman literatures, exploring the ways in which “younger” cultures related to their venerable predecessors. How were writers of the younger cultures of Rome and Japan affected by the presence of an older “reference culture,” whose sophistication they admired, even as they anxiously strove to assert their own distinctive identity? How did they tackle the challenge of adopting the reference culture’s literary genres, rhetorical refinement, and conceptual vocabulary for writing texts in different languages and within distinct poli ... More

Keywords: Chinese literature, Japanese literature, Sino-Japanese literature (kanbun), Greek literature, Latin literature, literary reception, comparative studies, comparative methodology, world literature, literary culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199971848
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199971848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wiebke Denecke, author
Boston University